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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:36 PM

Grad loses in C+ lawsuit against Lehigh University (Story Update)

A Northampton County judge on Thursday rejected the claims of a Lehigh University graduate suing over her C+ grade, a verdict that upheld the school's insistence that she earned the mark she got.

After four days of testimony in a civil trial that captured worldwide attention, Judge Emil Giordano decided that the Bethlehem university neither breached a contract with nor sexually discriminated against Megan Thode, whose lawsuit had sought $1.3 million in damages.

In reaching his conclusions, Giordano said that as a father, he would be unhappy if what happened to Thode at Lehigh had happened to one of his children.

But he said Thode nonetheless failed to prove her grade was based on anything other than "purely academic evaluation" and her professor's conclusion that she "was unprepared to move on to the next level" of her course.

Thode, the daughter of Lehigh finance professor Stephen Thode, was attending the university tuition-free in 2009 when she got the C+ in her master's fieldwork class. She needed a B or higher to take the next course, with her attorney, Richard J. Orloski, arguing that his client's dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor was unfairly scuttled as a result.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-university-student-sues-over-grade-c-20130214,0,3075382.story

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Reply Grad loses in C+ lawsuit against Lehigh University (Story Update) (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
we can do it Feb 2013 #1
winetourdriver Feb 2013 #3
we can do it Feb 2013 #4
jsr Feb 2013 #8
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #2
bluestateguy Feb 2013 #5
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #10
longship Feb 2013 #6
Xipe Totec Feb 2013 #7
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #9
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #11
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #12
Initech Feb 2013 #13

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Response to we can do it (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:54 PM

3. i get it

A bit harsh but right on target none the less!

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Response to winetourdriver (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:04 PM

4. Sueing a school and making the other students pay for for her grade is more than harsh.

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Response to we can do it (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:46 PM

8. The stupid and obnoxious person is working as a "drug-and-alcohol counselor"

Go figure.

"They said she showed unprofessional behavior that included outbursts and swearing in class."

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:53 PM

2. Some of the legal cases brought over your side

almost defy belief.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:24 PM

5. What a little crybaby

Now she needs to reimburse the university for the litigation costs, less they be passed on to the other students in the form of higher tuition.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:02 PM

10. Bluestateguy, you must know that Lehigh has BIG BUCKS and won't need to raise tuition.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:28 PM

6. As a teacher at both secondary and college levels...

I can say, unequivocally, that many + or - grades are gifts from the teacher. It's like this: "You earned a C, but you were good in class and I see potential if you work harder." However, at the graduate school level it probably just means you earned the C+ and no more.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:31 PM

7. Next time, try Harvard. nt

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:01 PM

9. FWIW: Her Atty. Orloski has been a Democratic candidate for office.

Rick Orloski: http://lehighvalleyramblings.blogspot.com/2010/03/date-sat-27-mar-2010-170518-0400-to.html
(For further FWIW: The Blogger's father was a good friend of Kurt Vonnegut and is a main character in "Slaughterhouse-Five." No lie.)

I have a Post-Graduate Counseling Certification from Lehigh U., and took this same course. I earned "a B or higher."

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:05 PM

11. Well....

Do you have a couch I can sit on and talk to you? Cause I am not talking to someone who got a C

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:06 PM

12. I went back into teaching when I "self-actualized" my basic misanthropy. Hahahaha!

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:11 PM

13. I've taken classes I haven't passed. You know what I do?

Get the fuck over it and retake the damn class. Suing the school because you don't pass? Really? That's taking thing way too far. You don't see the 49ers suing the NFL because they lost the Super Bowl do you?

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