‘Hot for Teacher’ Suit Rejected

July 24, 2013

by Scott Jaschik

Inside Higher Ed


There is no First Amendment right for students to write of their physical feelings for their college instructors, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Joseph Corlett sued Oakland University, in Michigan, after he was suspended over a "Hot for Teacher" essay in his writing journal. In the essay, he quoted the Van Halen song and then goes on to talk of his affection for an instructor. He writes of her physical characteristics, and says that there's "no way I'll concentrate in class," when he can see "a sexy little mole on her upper lip beckoning...." In another entry, he says he is "not a maniac for every female," but that he tries to "find something attractive about everyone...

Schools: Oakland University Cases: Oakland University: Student Suspended over His Writing Journal