Pennsylvania graduate student sues professor, Lehigh University over C-plus grade

Woman says C-plus cost her $1.3M

EASTON, Pa. - Pennsylvania graduate student Megan Thode wasn't happy about the C-plus she received for her internship, saying the mediocre grade kept her from getting her desired degree and becoming a licensed therapist.

Thode is suing her professor and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, demanding that her grade be changed. She's also seeking monetary damages.

Northampton County Judge Emil Giodano ruled Wednesday that there's enough evidence for Thode's lawsuit  to proceed.

The Bethlehem university had argued that the suit was without merit.

Thode maintains that the mediocre grade in one class  cost her $1.3 million in lost earnings. Her attorney contends that her teacher targeted her because she is an outspoken advocate for gay marriage.

The instructor denies that.

The Express-Times of Easton reports that her professor, Amanda Eckhart, stands by the grade. She says Thode earned zero out of 25 points in class participation.

Lehigh attorney Neil Hamburg says it would be unprecedented for the judge to order that her grade be changed.

Thode contends the C-plus cost her $1.3 million -- the economic value of a master's degree in counseling psychology.

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