A judge in Winnipeg has reserved decision in the case of a math professor who is challenging the granting of a PhD to a student who suffers from exam anxiety. The case pits the University of Manitoba against Gabor Lukacs, who is upset that the university granted the PhD to a student who failed a key exam twice, and later claimed to suffer from exam anxiety.Lukacs is asking the Court of Queen's Bench to revoke the degree.Lukacs's lawyer warned in court on Thursday that the university is risking its academic reputation and could be seen as a diploma mill.The university, however, is asking the court to dismiss Lukacs's complaint. The school's lawyer, Jamie Kagan, said Lukacs is a "busybody" with no legal right to challenge the degree, because he wasn't the student's professor. The student has an otherwise brilliant academic record, and Kagan insisted that exam anxiety is a recognized disability.
Friday, January 21, 2011
If the judge rules in favour of Lukacs, does this mean that any old prof can challenge a PhD they aren't associated with?