The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor…lawsuit seeks $1.3 million in damages.
Hamburg and Michael Sacks, another Lehigh lawyer, said that while Thode may have looked like a good student on paper, she was not ready to move on. They said Thode showed unprofessional behavior that included swearing in class and, on one occasion, having an outburst in which she began crying.
After getting the C+, Thode unsuccessfully filed internal grievances over the grade, showed up for meetings with her father, and insisted that Carr give her a written apology and a “plan for compensating me financially,” Sacks said.
With Thode on the witness stand Monday, Sacks underscored that Lehigh paid Thode’s freight — not just as a graduate student, but as an undergraduate at York College of Pennsylvania — because her father is a professor. Sacks also said the university set her up with jobs over the course of her attendance.
“Even after you sued Lehigh, you were getting free tuition and working for Lehigh?” Sacks asked.
“Yes,” Thode acknowledged.
So this is where we are. Suing for grades.