Sunday, June 24, 2007
Nursing Student Sues School for FJune 24, 2007 -- Columbia University gave him an "F," but he deserves an "A" for audacity.
Nicholas Perrino was kicked out of the Ivy League institution's School of Nursing for missing an exam, and now he is suing to get back in.
"I should have went to Yale," moaned Perrino, who is representing himself in the case.
The 27-year-old Illinois native said he was working toward two master's degrees last summer, when his grandparents became gravely ill, forcing him to take a few days off.
He told his instructors he would be absent for a skills exam and tried to arrange a makeup, Perrino claims in documents filed June 15 in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Instead, he says, the school failed him in the course - part of a fast-track master's program.
Without the test, the school wouldn't let him continue his nursing coursework.
Filing academic grievances and appealing to the Columbia provost got him nowhere, he said, and he was withdrawn from the School of Nursing.
"It's insane," Perrino said. "It's not like I killed someone."
Perrino, who says he spent $65,000 on tuition, did complete a master's degree in public policy. He says he had a nearly spotless academic record at the School of Nursing.
A Columbia spokesman said he could only confirm Perrino had been a nursing student, and cited privacy rules preventing him from discussing the case.
Perrino is asking a judge to remove the "F" from his transcript, reinstate him at the school and reimburse tuition costs for classes he has already taken.
Found in the NY Post: http://www.nypost.com/seven/06242007/news/regionalnews/f_student_sues_columbia_nurse_school_regionalnews_kathianne_boniello.htm
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