Oakland University sued for suspending writing student over 'Hot For Teacher' essay

ROCHESTER, Mich. (WXYZ) - In a lawsuit filed Friday, Joseph Corlett is seeking $2.2 million dollars from Oakland University.

The 57 year-old student was suspended from O.U. after writing "Hot for Teacher", an essay about his attraction to one of his professors in his Advanced Critical Writing Class.

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He told 7 Action News he filed a lawsuit because his civil rights were violated.

"This is about civil rights," he says.

Corlett says he was suspended for three semesters by O.U. after the university said he violated a policy against intimidating people on campus.

When asked if he'd want to return to classes at the university, he said "I need to keep all my options open. I just need to put this to rest. I don't want to apply to other universities and have to explain this."

He says he still has the support of his wife and just wants all of this to be resolved.

"It needs to stop, this political correctness," he says.

Action News reached out to Oakland University for comment, but a spokesman told us he can't comment on pending litigation.


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