ROCHESTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - Joseph Corlett can’t believe he was suspended from Oakland University after writing about his attraction to one of his professors in an essay titled “Hot for Teacher” that was based on a song by Van Halen.
Corlett, 56, is an aspiring writer and says not even his wife had a problem with the words he used to describe his teacher.
“Tall, blonde, stacked, skirt, heels, fingernails, smart, articulate, smile,” he wrote.
“The fact is she’s an attractive woman. I see lots of attractive women that I don’t hit on, but I wrote about it,” Corlett told 7 Action News.
Corlett says he was never warned that writing about his attraction to his professors who are women crossed the line in his Advanced Critical Writing class.
Corlett says the same professor who was offended had previously praised him for his written work that detailed his attraction to women.
“I’m getting all As and when you get all As, I’m not going to start writing about freight trains or snow”, said Corbett who added, “She made it clear that she didn’t want us to edit. She wanted the raw stuff.”
Corlett is appealing his year-long suspension and wants the university to allow him to complete the course under the guidance of another professor.
A spokesperson for Oakland University says the school cannot comment on the matter because it is a “student conduct” issue.
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