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‘Student’ Sues For $1.3 Million Over Bad Grade

From the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania local paper, The Morning Call:

Lehigh University student sues over grade, seeks $1.3 million

By Riley Yates | February 12, 2013

Megan Thode isn’t the first Lehigh University student who was unhappy with the grade she received in a course. But she may be the first to sue to get it changed.

The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor and was part of an effort to force her out of the graduate degree program she was pursuing, said her lawyer, Richard J. Orloski, whose lawsuit seeks $1.3 million in damages.

Orloski said his client is the victim of breach of contract and sexual discrimination, and a civil trial began Monday before Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano over the claims. They’re nonsense, said Neil Hamburg, an attorney for Lehigh University.

Just think, if Obama hadn’t decided to give up the law to become a community organizer, this woman might have hired him to be her legal counsel. After all, Obama taught race and gender grievance law at the University Of Chicago. This would have been right up his alley.

"I think if your honor changed the grade, you’d be the first court in the history of jurisprudence to change an academic grade," Hamburg told Giordano. "I’ve practiced law for longer than I’d like to [admit]," Giordano said, "and I’ve never seen something like this." …

Thode, the daughter of Lehigh finance professor Stephen Thode, was attending the Bethlehem school tuition-free in 2009 when she received the poor mark in her fieldwork class.

"Tuition free"? A college professor could not afford to pay for his own daughters education? (It is explained below that she got a free ride because her father taught at the university. Which is another reason tuitions are so high.)

But instead of working to address her failings, she "lawyered up" and demanded a better grade, Hamburg said. "She has to get through the program. She has to meet the academic standards," Hamburg said…

It seems to us that Judge Hamburg is the one who needs to get with the program. He is living in the past.

Thode, 27, of Nazareth, was enrolled in the College of Education in her second and final year of a master’s in counseling and human services…

She’s a natural. That is, if she doesn’t want to go into the law and/or become civil rights worker.

She needed a B to take the next course of her field work requirement.

Orloski charged that Carr and Nicholas Ladany — the then-director of the degree program — conspired to hold Thode back because they were unhappy that she’d complained after she and three other students were forced to find a supplemental internship partway through the semester.

Orloski also alleged that [her teacher] was biased against Thode because Thode advocated for gay and lesbian rights — a claim Lehigh’s attorneys dismissed as baseless since Carr has a close family member who is a lesbian, and has counseled gay and lesbian people…

Never mind. You have to get some special interest group on your side. Just ask Sandra Fluke.

Hamburg and Michael Sacks, another Lehigh lawyer, said that while Thode may have looked like a good student on paper, she was not ready to move on. They said Thode showed unprofessional behavior that included swearing in class and, on one occasion, having an outburst in which she began crying.

After getting the C+, Thode unsuccessfully filed internal grievances over the grade, showed up for meetings with her father, and insisted that Carr give her a written apology and a "plan for compensating me financially," Sacks said.

With Thode on the witness stand Monday, Sacks underscored that Lehigh paid Thode’s freight — not just as a graduate student, but as an undergraduate at York College of Pennsylvania — because her father is a professor. Sacks also said the university set her up with jobs over the course of her attendance.

Pickers of nit! This is a matter of ‘social justice’!

"Even after you sued Lehigh, you were getting free tuition and working for Lehigh?" Sacks asked.

"Yes," Thode acknowledged.

‘What difference does it make?’

Thode ended up graduating from Lehigh with a master’s degree in human development — which is also offered through the College of Education — and now works as a drug-and-alcohol counselor. The $1.3 million she is seeking represents the difference in her earning power over her career if she was instead a state-certified counselor, according to Orloski…

Ms. Thode will go far Obama’s America.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “‘Student’ Sues For $1.3 Million Over Bad Grade”

  1. Petronius says:

    Wow. An extra $1.3 million in earning power if you’re a state-certified drug-and-alcohol counselor.

    That speaks volumes about America in the Age of Obama.

    The Chinese economy is roaring, manufacturing all kinds of products, and buying up resources all over the globe.

    The Germans and Japanese make cars and electronics.

    And American colleges churn out narcissistic drug-and-alcohol counselors.

  2. untrainable says:

    What is stopping this sorry excuse for a human being from taking the course again? Back in the dark ages when I attended school, if you failed there was nothing stopping you from taking the course again to attain a passing grade. And since you’d already been through the motions once already, it might even be easier to actually get a passing grade!
    Sure you gave up a little time retaking the course, but for the institution to compensate you because you might have earned more if you had done better is beyond stupid. If this case even gets to court, it will set the entire education system up for the next generation of self-important whiners to sue unless they get their precious diploma… whether they deserve it or not. We’ll be overrun with whiney self-deluded morons who have degrees and no education to back up their credentials.
    Those of us who suffered through public education, a graduate program, an internship, a fellowship, and a real job will be passed over in the job market by people who have failed to learn anything but have 3 brain cells and enough cash for a shark lawyer.

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