OU student describes teacher in essay: ‘Tall, blond, stacked’

By February 14, 2012

by Kim Kozlowski

Detroit News


Rochester—Being a guy is tough because the male brain is clogged by thoughts of sex most of his life, a 56-year-old student wrote in an assignment at Oakland University that has since led to his suspension.

In a journal entry inspired by the Van Halen rock band song, "Hot For Teacher," Joseph Corlett described his English lecturer: "Tall, blond, stacked, skirt, heels, fingernails, smart, articulate, smile. I am toast but I stay."

Corlett, a Lake Orion resident, said he was told that no material was off-limits in the journal he was assigned to keep for his Advanced Critical Writing class, yet he has been suspended for three semesters at OU and barred from campus.

But he is fighting back and appealing the decision. Corlett's compositions have been posted online by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

"How can the university's attorneys not know that this is unconstitutional?" said Corlett, who has been married for 30 years. "This isn't any kind of question. They have to do the right thing and drop this. They are on the wrong side of the constitution...

Schools: Oakland University