A graduate student has sued both her professor and the university she was attending over the C+ she received in a class, arguing that the grade kept her from earning her degree and becoming a licensed therapist. She says that, in turn, has cost her 1.3 million in lost earnings, causing her to seek both monetary damages and a grade change.
A judge in Northampton County, PA, ruled that there as enough evidence for the suit to proceed, and testimony in the case will be heard this week. The instructor plaintiff stands by the grade given, saying the student earned 0 out of 25 participation points after acting unprofessionally during class, while the student’s attorney argues that the professor targeted the student for being an open advocate for gay marriage. More than one professor testified that they could not recall a student ever receiving no points for participation.