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Prof says Australia not a country, fails student who says it is — and displeased school takes action

Southern New Hampshire University fired an adjunct professor who insisted Australia isn’t a country and gave an “F” on an assignment to a perplexed student who said that it is, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
Lauren Keane, the school’s assistant vice president of communications, told the paper that a BuzzFeed story about the interaction between the professor and online student Ashley Arnold of Idaho was true.
Arnold — a 27-year-old stay-at-home mom — compared social media use in the United States to Australia for a class assignment, but the professor penalized Arnold in several sections, which resulted in a failing grade.
And the prof’s main issue? Arnold wrote that Australia is a country.
Wrong, said the prof, who corrected Arnold by saying Australia is a continent.
Arnold responded that the land down under is a country as well as a continent, and she sent the prof evidence to back it up.
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