A TCU student has sued the university for not accepting a transfer class credit, preventing him from receiving his bachelor’s degree this semester.
Joshua Brown, a former basketball player at TCU, filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday, one day before he had expected to walk at graduation.
Entering the spring semester, Brown, a mathematics major, needed one class — real analysis I — to graduate, according to his lawsuit. But TCU didn’t offer the class in the spring, so Brown enrolled in the same class at the University of North Texas and earned a B.
When Brown tried to transfer the class credit to TCU, the school did not accept it.
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In a statement Wednesday, TCU spokeswoman Holly Ellman said the university requires a student’s final 30 semester hours to be taken at TCU.
“An exception to this policy may be granted for good cause, as long as the course to be substituted is equivalent to the course at TCU and receives TCU’s approval,” Ellman said.
Brown received permission from George Gilbert, chair of the TCU mathematics department, to take the class at UNT, according to the lawsuit.
Gilbert had one condition: The class at UNT had to cover the concepts of differentiation and integration.
UNT informed Brown that teaching those concepts “would not be a problem,” according to the lawsuit, but by the end of the semester, they hadn’t been covered.
Brown also named UNT in the lawsuit, which seeks to have the class accepted.
With or without covering differentiation and integration, the UNT class was “materially equivalent” to the class at TCU, the lawsuit argues. It also notes that Brown had previously received “extensive” one-on-one instruction on the two concepts from a TCU professor.
Brown, who plans to become a teacher and coach, said Wednesday night that he found out just last week, days before graduation, that he wouldn’t be receiving a degree. He already had family in town for the ceremony.
“It was very discouraging,” Brown said. “At this point, I feel like they’re just trying to block me from getting my degree at TCU.”