Canadian Student Sues University Over Grade
A political science student is suing Concordia University over a grade they weren’t happy with… yes. Apparently you can do that.
Back in December of 2011, William Groombridge received a mark of 81 per cent in his Energy Policy class. That should have been good enough for an A. However, he was given a B+ and told that his class had reached their quota for A grades.
He confronted his professor on the issue and was told this was the university’s policy.
“He tells this long story about the department chair who had this arbitrary no-more-than-25-per-cent-of-the-class-can-get-an-A rule, that he had never heard of, and that the department chair had made him go back and change the grade. So he went back and dropped four students from an A- to a B+,” Groombridge told CTV’s Canada AM.
The professor backed his actions by saying that he gave a discretionary 5 per cent bonus to some students, including Groombridge, for hard work. That bonus sent Groombridge’s grade to 80 per cent, from 75.9 per cent, which would easily been a legit B-grade.
Groombridge added that he sees the class as a faulty product he purchased.
“I’m treating it as a product they sold me for $342 and that they haven’t adhered to the terms of the service, so I just asked for a refund.” It may take up to two years for a settlement to be reached.