October 12, 2007

Judge tosses out "He gave me a 'C' lawsuit"

Finally, some sensible judging. Remember this putz from a week ago? Well, a judge recently told him to get lost:

[Brian] Marquis, a 51-year-old paralegal seeking bachelor's degrees in legal studies and sociology, filed a 15-count lawsuit in US District Court in Springfield in January after a teaching assistant graded a political philosophy class on a curve and turned Marquis's A-minus into a C. Marquis contends that the university violated his civil rights and contractual rights and intentionally inflicted "emotional distress."

Last week, after a brief hearing with Marquis and a university lawyer, District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor dismissed the suit. But Marquis said this week he is considering appealing to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Good luck, pal. Lookin' too much like James Brolin ain't gonna help you, either.

I like what UMass-Amherst ombudsman Catharine Porter had to say: "If every student that didn't like his or her grade started to do this, we'd have to hire, I don't know, 25,000 attorneys."

You ain't whistlin' Dixie, sister.

Posted by Hube at October 12, 2007 10:09 AM | TrackBack

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"...we'd have to hire, I don't know, 25,000 attorneys."

Well, the putz in question is studying law, so he wants to make sure there are plenty of jobs when he gets out.

Posted by: G Rex at October 12, 2007 03:47 PM

Still, when you curve an A- down to a C, there is a grading problem in the classroom.

Either the work is insufficiently challenging or the grading policy is wrong.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at October 13, 2007 12:42 PM