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Megan Thode sues Lehigh University over C+ grade

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Getting a lower grade than you wanted for a college class is always cause for concern. For a student in Pennsylvania, it's cause for a $1.3 million lawsuit.

According to The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., a Lehigh University graduate student is suing the school for that amount after receiving a C+ she received in 2009. The grade came in a class she was taking while pursuing an advanced degree in counseling and human services.

Megan Thode, the 27-year-old student, was in the second year of her graduate program when she received the undesirable grade, the Morning Call reports, and she says that not only was the grade a breach of contract and an example of sexual discrimination, it kept her from becoming a professional counselor.

The Morning Call's Riley Yates reports that Thode's lawyers allege that her teacher and a school administrator conspired to hold her back and that the teacher was biased against her for supporting gay and lesbian rights. The teacher responded that the C+ grade based on a total lack of classroom participation on Thode's part.

"I think if your honor changed the grade, you'd be the first court in the history of jurisprudence to change an academic grade," Neil Hamburg, a Lehigh University lawyer, told a judge Monday.

This is hardly the first time a disenchanted student has filed suit over a grade they felt was too low. Last July, a 17-year-old California high schooler sued a San Francisco Bay Area school over a C+ grade he got in a chemistry class.

That student, Bowen Bethards, and his mother sued Albany High School in Albany, Calif., saying that the grade didn't accurately "reflect his achievements," according to Albany Patch. He also alleged physical and mental suffering and inhibited his chances at getting into college and earning scholarships.

READ MORE about Thode's lawsuit at mcall.com.

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