Corlett, who lives in Lake Orion, is flummoxed by the turn of events. Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, a non-profit education-focused organization at Vanderbilt University, said that harassment and intimidation charges are often handled on a case-by-case basis rather than based broadly on law.
After the university disciplined Corlett, he enlisted the help of a non-profit education foundation called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a Philadelphia-based non-profit that advocates for students and teachers.
I have to disagree. The Center helped him find Brian Vincent, a Michigan-based litigator, who is helping him challenge his suspension and the other disciplinary actions taken by Oakland University.
Corlett was suspended for three semesters, banned from stepping foot on campus and required to seek out psychological counseling before he could be eligible to reenroll, according to documentation provided to ABC News by Corlett.
In January, after a campus hearing, the university found Corlett guilty of intimidation. Again, the conversation should have started with the teacher and the student with a third party, if she actually felt a safety issue. While certain assignments will of course have a specific focus, open-ended assignments should be graded and assessed purely on the quality of the writing.
If a teacher is uncomfortable with what someone is writing, the first step should be to ask the student about it. The daybooks were a place for students to collect unsensored thoughts, which could then be used to create more polished essays, according to Corlett.
In his essay, which he said was inspired by the Van Halen hit "Hot for Teacher," he wrote about his first impressions of his professor, Pamela Mitzelfeld, describing her as "tall, blonde, stacked, smart, articulate.
Another charge, for sexual harassment, was dropped.
But the university has made its position known in its disciplinary action against Corlett. Joseph Corlett, a year-old countertop refinisher who is pursuing a degree in writing and rhetoric at Oakland University, wrote the essay as a part of a creative writing journal assignment in a writing course.
It all started in September, when Corlett began taking an advanced English class from Mitzelfeld, who had assigned the students to keep a journal, referred to as a "daybook," Corlett said. Depends on what was in the journal.
I wrote a novella for a creative writing glass that would make Laurell K. I would have to say "clear and present danger" really needs to come into play. But when he eventually returned to class, he was escorted out of the room by university police, he said, and asked not to return pending a university judicial hearing.
Escalating to where it has seems really like an overreaction. If there are off-limit topics then they need to be clearly laid out before the assignment starts.
See why they wrote it.An Oakland University student claimed Wednesday his "Hot for Teacher"-inspired essay, which gained him persona non grata status at the Michigan institution, was protected by his First Amendment right.
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'Hot for Teacher' lands student in hot water. A 'sexually suggestive' journal entry led to a student's suspension and barring from campus grounds - and yet he is allowed to continue studies online. A year-old student was banned from Michigan's Oakland University for writing a lengthy essay about how hot his writing professor was — oh, and possibly having a.
‘Hot for Teacher’ Student’s Appeal Denied: Suspended for Writing an Essay March 13, DETROIT, March 13, —Oakland University in Michigan has denied the appeal of a student who was barred from campus, suspended for three semesters, and required to undergo “sensitivity” counseling for authoring a class assignment in which he.
Feb 15, · A Michigan college student is crying foul after he was kicked off campus for writing a sexually suggestive journal entry about his teacher for a class assignment.Download