Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

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.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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