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Lehigh University student sues over grade, seeks $1.3 million

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Report By Riley Yates, Of The Morning Call

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.

Read more on The Morning Call’s website.


  • Ken

    First, you have to be pretty bad to get a C+ in grad school. Second, she demonstrates no aptitude for counseling anyone if suing is her solution for poor academic performance. Good call, Lehigh.

  • Perfumeman

    Riley Yates fails to mention in this article that the student received the grade because she got a 0 in participation for a class where she showed up to every lecture and participated. The Professor gave her a 0 because she disagreed with the student’s POLITICAL beliefs.

    She had A’s in all her other classes and good marks on exams/coursework.

    The student is right to be suing the school. Grades should be based on academic performance-not POLITICS.

    This article is VERY misleading.

  • Bill

    Perfume, you need to do some more research. She received warnings about her inappropriate behavior during class and how she made her opinions known. She even received a warning letter about the way she acted in class. She has no right to sue – she just won't take the responsibility that she was unable to appropriately discuss the topics at hand.

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