In 2013, Megan Thode, a former graduate student, sought $1.3 million in damages from Lehigh University for receiving a C+ in a class in which a B or above was needed to enroll in the next required course toward her goal of becoming a licensed professional counselor. Thode’s complaint was based on claims of breach of contract and sexual discrimination. The trial judge ruled for the defendant, Lehigh University.
a. If you were the trial judge, what information would you expect to be presented at trial? Explain.
b. What could be the impact of Thode’s lawsuit on student–professor relations and grading in college? Explain.