Suing for Better Grades

Suing for Better Grades

There are a few routes that you can take when you receive a poor grade in a course that is required by your major. You can challenge the grade, you can retake the course, you can switch majors altogether, or you can… sue? That last option was the plan of action for one Lehigh University graduate student, Megan Thode.

After receiving a C+ in a master’s degree course necessary to her professional counseling major, Megan felt forced to make a career change into human development. Since she claims that this switch will cost her $1.3 million in lifetime earnings, she attempted to sue her alma mater for both that amount and a change in her course grade to a B. All this after Megan Thone attended Lehigh University for free because her father was employed there.

According to the lawsuit, Megan attempted to sue on the grounds of sexual discrimination and breach of contract. Megan’s case was partially based on the fact that she believes her professor, Amanda Carr, was against Megan’s advocacy for gay rights. Lehigh University’s attorneys, of course, refuted this claim.

On Thursday, February 14th, Megan Thone’s case was rejected. Do you think she should have been able to sue Lehigh University for $1.3 million? Less? More? Let us know in the comment section below!