Friday, August 3, 2007

impermissible collaboration => 0 => lawsuit

The court's summary says it all:

"Appellant, Robert Jackson, was dismissed from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law for failure to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average. Jackson attributed his dismissal to a low grade received in a writing class, after the instructor gave him a zero for collaborating on a closed memo. Jackson sued Texas Southern University (TSU) and five other defendants, both individually and in their official capacities for defamation, fraud, breach of contract, and due process violations pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The trial court granted the defendants' motions for summary judgment, and Jackson now appeals only the due process claims as to three defendants. Because we find that Jackson received due process, we affirm."  Read more at  Jackson v. Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law, --- S.W.3d ----, 2007 WL 1672094 (Tex.App.-Houston [14 Dist.] 2007).

hat tip: Darby Dickerson, Stetson

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Sounds like the sort of place where everyone's above average!

Posted by: Mister Thorne | Aug 3, 2007 4:06:02 PM

I suspect that this case would be interesting to use in a closed memorandum problem.

Posted by: Mark Wojcik | Aug 4, 2007 1:16:08 AM

What would be especially interesting for other students to see is the allegation in the decision that the plaintiff had given a copy of his paper to another student, who then copied it. The student in the case did not copy the work of the other student; he was merely sharing his own work to help another student. But because that sharing of work was unauthorized, he received a zero on his own paper.

Posted by: Mark Wojcik | Aug 4, 2007 1:33:28 AM

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