Pa. university wins dispute over denied degree

December 4, 2008 8:48:47 AM PST
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a woman who claimed that a Pennsylvania university denied her a teaching degree because of a photo posted on her MySpace page with the caption "drunken pirate." The judge found Wednesday that Millersville University couldn't award Stacy Snyder an education degree when she graduated in 2006 because she didn't complete her student teaching experience.

Instead, Snyder was awarded an English degree.

The photo, taken at a 2005 Halloween party, shows Snyder wearing a pirate hat while drinking from a plastic "Mr. Goodbar" cup.

But the judge says Snyder was barred from the campus of the Lancaster County high school where she taught because of poor performance and other problems.

Snyder's attorney Mark Voigt says she plans to appeal.

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