'Australia not a country' professor sacked

US College student fails assignment due to professor's belief Australia is not a country

"We have apologized to Ashley, replaced the instructor, & are reimbursing her tuition for the course", the university said on Twitter.

Sadly, the adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University didn't know that.

A report from Buzzfeed News says a 27-year-old student at Southern New Hampshire University had to complete an assignment comparing American social norms to what someone would find in another country.

A college student received a failing grade from an instructor who told her that Australia was a continent, not a country.

Ashley Arnold is completing an oline sociology degree with Southern New Hampshire University and her confrontation with her Professor has made global headlines.

"At first I thought it was a joke; this can't be real". She specifically asked the online publication not to name the professor to avoid backlash. "Australia is both a country and a continent", she wrote in a third email.

As a result, the stay-at-home mother got zero marks in three sections of her sociology assignment for not answering the question. She chose Australia, and was "shocked" when she received a failing grade because her professor believed "Australia is a continent; not a country".

To address the professor's apparent ignorance, Arnold sent a series of emails containing references from the school's library which clearly stated Australia is both a continent and a country. As Fidel Castro once said, we all knew from day one this mumbo jumbo wouldn't fly - the mumbo jumbo about Australia being a real country, that is.

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"That error made it almost impossible for you to accurately complete your week 2 research outline correctly", she replied.

Taking matters into her own hands, Ashley later emailed her professor to refute the grade, adding an explanation to prove her point.

After another evidence-filled email, the prof then agreed to do "some independent research on the continent/country issue" and to take a second look at Arnold's assignment.

It would seem as though that Ashley's efforts paid off, as her grade was later reportedly changed to a B+.

Australia is a country, but it's also a continent. But the lecturer still provided a warning for her.

"To our friends in Australia, we know that you are a country & a continent", SNHU posted on Twitter.

As compensation, SNHU's president Paul LeBlanc offered Arnold a stuffed koala bear and a round trip ticket to Australia. It also confirmed that it has fired the professor.

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