Student Lawsuit Based On Van Halen's 'Hot For Teacher' Dismissed By Court

A lawsuit brought by a former Oakland University (Mich.) student who was suspended for basing an essay on Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" has been dismissed.

A federal court judge has dismissed Joseph Corlett's suit, ruling that his speech was not protected by the First Amendment. Corlett was suspended and barred from campus in 2012 because of his 33-page essay called "Hot for Teacher," written about his professor.

He claimed that students were given no restrictions on the topic and were encouraged to write honestly. The university disagreed, claiming that its content was inappropriate.

In the essay, Corlett called his professor "my Ginger," a reference to the glamorous character played by Tina Louise in the '60s TV show Gilligan's Island.

The New York Daily News reports that U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan threw the case out of court, saying that "such expressions, while possibly appropriate in some settings, need not be tolerated by university officials."

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