A conservative student filed a lawsuit to turn her failing grade into an “A” because she did not like her professor’s assigned readings.
Donna Kikkert complained that her professor assigned texts
that focused on LGBT poets instead of classics such as Robert Frost and
Edgar Allan Poe, and she was unable to persuade University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point faculty to let her read what she wanted, reported the (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel.
The 59-year-old Kikkert claims that Patricia Dyjak, her
professor for Advanced Creative Writing Poetry, failed her in
retaliation for complaining about course work involving “lesbians,
illicit sexual relationships, incest and frequent swearing.”
She also accused the professor of exposing her bare breast while showing students a tattoo on her shoulder blade area.
“She has swung the pendulum far to the side of LGBT students
and, in doing so, has chosen to totally discount the importance and the
validity of the mainstream student population,” Kikkert argued in her
Kikkert wants a court to force Dyjak to turn the F into an
A, and she also wants the professor suspended for a year without pay or
The professor is being represented by the state Attorney General’s Office because the university is a function of the state.
Dyjak declined to comment, but Assistant Attorney General
Katherine Spitz has requested the case be dismissed because Kikkert’s
allegations don’t amount to a violation of any law.
“Kikkert’s complaint fails because it does not provide any
legal authority or other basis (and the defendant’s counsel is aware of
none) upon which this court could require Dyjak to teach the work of
certain poets in a college course … or to provide any particular student
with the grade that student believes she deserves, rather than the one
she earned,” Spitz argued in a court filing.
A Portage County judge dismissed the case, but Kikkert has said she may appeal.