Professor replaced after insisting Australia isn’t a country

Tourist walk along the seafront near the Sydney Opera House on September 7, 2016 Australia's economy grew by 0.5 percent in the June quarter with an upswing in government spending offsetting a fall in net exports as the nation marked 25 years of unbroken economic expansion. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — 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.