Lawsuit claims professor failed a student for a Muslim

CRANFORD, N. J. – A student is suing a New Jersey college because her professor gave her an F in a course because they are Muslim.

Sahna ElBanna made in the lawsuit that she underwent a spring 2016 semester, Union County College professor Toby Members making derogatory comments that all Muslims were terrorists, but ElBanna not say anything then, reported . She got a B-plus in that class.

ElBanna signed up for a second class to Members — principles of Marketing — in the fall because they need the course to graduate, according to her lawyer, Tariq Hussain.

The professor made more comments about Muslims, and ElBanna asked her to stop, according to the lawsuit. Members responded in a defensive and questions about her religion, the lawsuit said.

“Not your religion to believe that men are superior to women?” Members asked ElBanna, according to the lawsuit.

“Do you even pray five times a day?” the professor asked her in another instance, the lawsuit said.

Members do not respond to messages comment on the search Thursday.

Bernard Lenihan, a spokesman for the college, said with the investigation of a complaint ElBanna filed against the professor. He declined to comment on the lawsuit.

In January, ElBanna discovered she got an F in the course, despite receiving two A’s on assignments, worth 60 percent of her class, the lawsuit said. Members confirmed ElBanna received an A on her mid-term and final, on the basis of the suit, but they said ElBanna received F’s on various multimedia commands.

“She was robbed of her dignity in the classroom,” the lawsuit stated.

ElBanna tried to appeal her grade, but the college policy requires an instructor signature on the appeal form. Members refused twice, according to the lawsuit. The dean is not involved because the appeal lacked Members of the signature.

ElBanna rank might delay her graduation, according to her lawyer. Hussain said that they would have to pay the course.

ElBanna is still a student at the university, and she has passed all her other classes, the lawyer said.


This story is corrected to the first name of the professor is Toby, not Tony, and that the professor is a woman, not a man.

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