Donna Kikkert said she didn't think her poetry professor's reading selection served her needs as a "mainstream" student.
Kikkert, 59, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, said she wanted to study the classics. When the professor of her Advanced Creative Writing Poetry course selected works other than those of Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe and others of interest to Kikkert, she said she asked faculty to reconsider the assignments to round out the studies.
The selected texts, Kikkert said in court records, focused on "lesbians, illicit sexual relationships, incest and frequent swearing." She asserts her complaints resulted in her earning an F in the course. Unable to persuade the university to raise her mark, Kikkert took Professor Patricia Dyjak to court, asking a judge to order her to assign Kikkert an A for the class.
"She has swung the pendulum far to the side of LGBT students and, in doing so, has chosen to totally discount the importance and the validity of the mainstream student population," Kikkert argued in her claim. She goes on to claim that her grade was "capricious retaliation" for raising concerns about the course content and about Dyjak's behavior...
In addition to an improved grade, Kikkert asked the court, at its discretion, to suspend Dyjak without pay for a year or fire her.
Dyjak declined to comment for this article through the state Attorney General's office, which represented her in court because the university is a function of the state. Assistant Attorney General Katherine Spitz requested the case be dismissed on the grounds that Kikkert's allegations don't amount to any violation of law.
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