Southern New Hampshire University fired an adjunct professor who insisted Australia isn’t a country and gave an “F” on an assignment to a perplexed student who said that it is, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
Lauren Keane, the school’s assistant vice president of communications, told the paper that a BuzzFeed story about the interaction between the professor and online student Ashley Arnold of Idaho was true.
Well, after further review — and after Arnold contacted SNHU — her grade on the assignment was changed to a B+ and the professor was let go, Keane told the Union Leader.
“Following an investigation, we have replaced the instructor as we strive to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and accuracy in educating our students,” Keane told the paper in an email.
The school isn’t identifying the professor in question “at the student’s request,” Keane also told the Union Leader, adding that the adjunct professor “does not live in New Hampshire and does not work on campus.”
We deeply regret the interaction between our professor & our student. We have apologized to Ashley, replaced the instructor, & are reimbursing her tuition for the course. To our friends in Australia, we know that you are a country & a continent, best of luck in the Olympic games!
— SNHU (@SNHU) February 9, 2018