A professor in New Hampshire has been replaced after giving a student a failing grade because she classified Australia as a country for an assignment.
To address the professor's apparent ignorance, Arnold sent a series of emails containing references from the school's library which clearly stated Australia is both a continent and a country. She told Arnold that the "error made it almost impossible" for her to have accurately completed the assignment.
But before I do I want you to understand that any error in a project can invalidate the entire research project. Arnold was also set to receive a refund for the course.
Sadly, the adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University didn't know that.
"At first, I thought it was a joke", Arnold Buzzfeed News. "With her education levels, her expertise, who wouldn't know Australia is a country?". As part of a final class, she was required to complete a project comparing a familial trend in the United States with its effects in another country.
University officials tell WMUR-TV the instructor has been replaced following an investigation.
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A BAFFLED student failed her university assignment because her lecturer didn't believe Australia was a real country.
As a result, the stay-at-home mother got zero marks in three sections of her sociology assignment for not answering the question.
'I learned I can advocate for myself successfully even in the face of opposition brought on by a stubborn professor with a PhD, ' Ms Arnold said of the freaky experience.
According to the outlet, the student received an amended grade of a B+. But the lecturer still provided a warning for her. The full name of the country is the Commonwealth of Australia, meaning Australia is both a continent and a country.
As compensation, SNHU's president Paul LeBlanc offered Arnold a stuffed koala bear and a round trip ticket to Australia. It posted on Twitter that it would reimburse the student's tuition for the course.
"To our friends and colleagues in Australia, we know that you are a country and a continent, best of luck in the Olympic games!" the tweet concluded.