Adjudicating performanceRatigan v Daemen College, 273 AD2d 891 The Ratigan case sets out the parameters that courts typically use when considering challenges to a school's decision concerning a student's academic achievement. Presumably the same standard would be applied in evaluated an employee's performance in a training program coupled with his or her eligibility to continue in his or her position. Daemen College dismissed John Ratigan from its physician assistant program based on its substantive evaluation of [Ratigan] academic performance. Ratigan appealed, only to have the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, dismiss his petition. In contrast to attempting to show that college's decision was made in bad faith or was arbitrary, capricious, irrational or in violation of the Constitution or a statute, Ratigan's challenged the evaluation of his academic performance by the college. This, said the court was fatal to his petition, as a student's complaint about a particular grade or other academic determination relating to a genuine substantive evaluation of the student's academic capabilities, is beyond the scope of judicial review. The court cited Susan M. v New York Law School, 76 NY2d 241, in support of its ruling.
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