Toronto Star, a snowflake at Concordia University in Montreal is suing for a tuition refund because his A- got curved down to a B+. Suing. For. A. Tuition. Refund. Over. A. Final. Grade.
He hasn't filed for a grade appeal...and, I'd wager, he hasn't RTFS...or the handbook, or the website, or wherever else the department's "grades may be adjusted to fit distribution profiles" disclaimer appears. Why would he, when he can get so much attention this way? And maybe the university will be pressured into giving him the A he "deserves".
While I'm very slightly sympathetic to his "but my marks added up to 81" argument, YOU DON'T GET A REFUND AFTER YOU COMPLETE A COURSE BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T LIKE YOUR GRADE. (Because could you imagine that precedent?! Sweet mother of fuck on a cracker.)
Look, I'm not a fan of grade distribution policies, or "norms", or however-the-fuck the adminflakes are expressing the concept these days...unless they are ones that say "make your class challenging enough so that only the handful of honest-to-Foucault A-students get As, all those who can't do the work at a post-secondary level fail, and everyone else ekes out their Ds, Cs, or Bs, depending on what they put into it." THAT is a policy I can get behind. The customers, not so much, so we all know those good old days are over. (Cue violins/nostalgic montage.)
I don't inflate grades, but I will stand my ground with admin if I have a particularly exceptional class where a high number of students earn As and I don't "conform" to the "profile". That happens most often when I have a large proportion of upper year students taking an intro class as a breadth requirement or to fill in a missing major/minor gap. These are the students who, by the example of their presence and participation, teach the first and second years how it's done, generally raising everyone's game and grades in the process. I LOVE winning that particular battle.
I'll also stand my ground if my grades don't "conform" because my students aren't working at a post-secondary level. I both love and hate winning that one, for reasons that should be obvious.
But suing?! Over 2%?! And for a REFUND?! Dude. Just...no.