Mich. college student suspended over ‘Hot For Teacher’ journal files free-speech lawsuit

A man suspended from a Detroit-area university after writing about his  attraction to teachers in a class journal sued the school Friday for $2.2  million and four lost credits, claiming his free-speech rights were  violated.

Joseph Corlett, 57, a home builder who enrolled in college because of the  weak economy, said he was an A-student in a writing class at Oakland University  in Rochester until he submitted a journal in 2011 titled “Hot For Teacher,” the  name of a song by the rock band Van Halen.

Corlett compared his female instructor to Ginger, a sultry movie starlet  character on the 1960s TV show “Gilligan’s Island.” He feared being distracted  and said, “I’ll never learn a thing.” He said another teacher who was pregnant  was “hot, and not just from baking the bun in her oven.”

The teacher informed an Oakland dean after reading the journal for the first  time. Officials said Corlett’s writings violated a policy against intimidation  or harassment and last year barred him for three terms, through winter 2013. The  university said he must undergo counseling if he wants to return as a  student.

In an interview, Corlett, who now lives in Sarasota, Fla., said he’s fighting  for his civil rights.

“When you get past the titillation, you’ve got to look into what’s really  going on here,” he said. “It’s academic freedom or no academic freedom. We’re  all collectively dumbed when speech is suppressed or challenged.”

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