Cedarville responds to lawsuit

Gazette News Report

CEDARVILLE — Attorneys for Cedarville University last week answered allegations made by a student who filed a lawsuit against the school and a professor.

In an eight-page document filed in Greene County Common Pleas Court, the University and Cynthia Carol Wingert — an assistant professor of biology — denied or lacked information to answer a majority of the claims made by Glenn M. Hartle II. It also asked for dismissal of the complaint and a trial by jury.

Hartle alleged slander, libel, defamation of character and other wrongful acts as a result of Hartle’s performance on a human structure and function I final exam, administered by Wingert.

According to the lawsuit, Hartle was given a grade of “incomplete” on the final exam after Wingert “admonished” him “that he could not have done so well on the examination without cheating.”

Hartle claims Wingert harassed, humiliated and degraded him and insisted that because he had “done so well on the examination, plaintiff did not deserve the grade he had earned” despite the fact that Hartle had received an “A” and a “B-” in his other classes that semester.

The response admits that Hartle is a student at Cedarville, that Wingert is an assistant professor and certain facts about the university. It also said that Hartle took the exam and received an incomplete grade, but that Hartle failed to follow university policy in appealing the grade.

Gazette News Report compiled by Scott Halasz.

Gazette News Report compiled by Scott Halasz.