Monash University student Chinmay Naik fought his fail grade over a current affairs journalism assignment in the Supreme Court. Picture: Alex Coppel
Monash University student Chinmay Naik fought his fail grade over a current affairs journalism assignment in the Supreme Court. Picture: Alex Coppel

‘Move on’: Student loses court fight over fail

A WANNABE journalist who took a Melbourne university to court over a failed assignment about dogs says he still wants to work in the media.

Monash University student Chinmay Naik failed a video assignment about negative stereotypes around certain dog breeds in 2017 and failed again when it was re-marked.

The 23-year-old 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. 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 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.


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