Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn’t a country

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An Australian flag is waved as players take to the pitch on the second day of the third Test match of the five match series between England and Australia at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, England, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – An online adjunct professor incorrectly told a student that Australia isn’t a country and gave her a failing grade, prompting Southern New Hampshire University to replace the instructor.

Buzzfeed News reports that the 27-year-old student in Idaho was assigned to compare American social norms to that of another country. She chose to study social media use in Australia, but the professor gave her a zero on that portion of the assignment, saying Australia is a continent, not a country.

Australia is actually both – a country and a continent.

University officials tell WMUR-TV the instructor has been replaced following an investigation. In a statement, the university said it deeply regrets the interaction between the professor and student, and wished athletes from Australia good luck in the Olympic games.

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