Student loses court battle against university over failed assignment

A Melbourne journalism student who took Monash University to the supreme court over a failed assignment has lost his battle to pass the subject.

Chinmay Naik, 23, was failed in 2017 for a video assignment about the negative stereotypes surrounding certain dog breeds and then failed again when it was re-marked.

But he believed he was wronged and took court action, seeking a judge to strike out the assignment result and declare a pass for the subject and course.

Mr Naik wanted a judge to strike the result from his academic record and declare a pass for the project but instead the case was dismissed.

“Life doesn’t end here,” Mr Naik said outside the Supreme Court on Friday.

Mr Naik’s case has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. Source: AAP

The student had “good aspirations” and still wanted to pursue a career as a journalist.

“I respect the judgment and we’ll see where to go from here,” Mr Naik added.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way, doesn’t mean that you were wrong.”

Justice Melinda Richards dismissed the case and ordered the aspiring journalist to pay the university’s legal costs, understood to be about $8000.

“I encourage you to move on” Judge Richards said when handing down her decision.

“I understand you will be disappointed by this outcome.”

It was “not the end of the world” to fail an assignment and she advised the student to take up another subject instead.

“The mark can’t be undone,” the judge added.

Mr Naik had also taken his case to the Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal which deferred any action pending the court outcome.