Appeal denied for student suspended after writings

By March 14, 2012

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Oakland University says it’s denied further appeals by a 56-year-old student who was suspended and barred from campus after writing about attraction to his professor for an assignment.

The Detroit Free Press reports ( a letter from the Rochester school’s President Gary Russi arrived Tuesday at the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which has been seeking to have Joseph Corlett of Oakland County’s Orion Township reinstated.

Corlett says he’s considering legal action. The foundation says it’s a free speech issue.

Corlett has said the writing journal assignment for the Advanced Critical Writing class could be on any topic. He’s said a November entry was "Hot for Teacher," based on the Van Halen song.

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

Schools: Oakland University