Appeal denied for OU student who authored ‘Hot for Teacher’ essay

By March 14, 2012

by Tom Greenwood

The Detroit News


An Oakland University student banned from campus for penning a “Hot for Teacher” essay for a writing class has been denied any future appeals of his ban by the school’s president.

Oakland University President Gary Russi denied the appeal of Joe Corlett in a letter to the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) after the group tried to have Corlett reinstated.

A resident of Orion Township, Corlett, 56, was suspended for three semesters earlier this year and banned from campus after described his English instructor as “tall, blond, stacked, skirt, heels, fingernails, smart, articulate, smile. I am toast but I stay.”

The “Hot for Teacher” reference was inspired by a Van Halen rock song/video of the same name.

In their support for Corlett, FIRE alleged he was being denied freedom of speech and that the course specifically allowed students to write creatively about any subject.

In his letter to FIRE, Russi said the university didn’t believe Corlett’s “speech and conduct at issue was protected by the First Amendment as you allege.”

Corlett, who has also been ordered to undergo sensitivity training, could not be reached for comment on the ruling.

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Schools: Oakland University