Oakland University student suspended after writing about professor

Student writes about attraction, gets suspended for three semesters

Published On: Feb 14 2012 09:42:43 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 14 2012 06:58:53 PM EST
Joe Corlett
ROCHESTER, Mich. -

A 56-year-old Oakland University student has been suspended for three semesters and barred from campus after writing about attraction to his professor for an assignment.

Joseph Corlett, of Oakland County's Orion Township, said the writing journal assignment for the Advanced Critical Writing class could be on any topic.

He said a November entry was called "Hot for Teacher," based on the Van Halen song.

"Tall, blonde, stacked, skirt, fingernails, smart, articulate, smile. I'm toast. But I stay," he wrote in the entry.

School spokesman David Groves said in an email Tuesday that the school didn't have any immediate comment because it was a "student conduct matter."

"It's an encroachment on the Bill of Rights by our own government. This is just outrageous," Corlett said.

A committee including school administrators, professors and students found Corlett engaged in intimidating behavior.

Corlett appealed. His lawyer Brian Vincent says Corlett "has every right to his education" at the school.

The university would not comment on the case. Corlett is threatening to sue if the school doesn't reverse the decision.

"My wife is behind me 100 percent. She calls my writing fearless," he said.