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Appeal planned in dispute over essay about teacher

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Joseph Corlett, 57 Joseph Corlett, 57
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -

A former Oakland University student who was suspended for writing about his attraction for a teacher plans to try to keep his lawsuit alive.

A Detroit federal judge ruled in favor of the Detroit-area school in July, saying Joseph Corlett's work isn't protected by the First Amendment. Corlett titled it "Hot for Teacher," after a song by Van Halen.

Corlett's lawyer recently filed a notice of appeal.

The 57-year-old was suspended in 2012 after writing about his writing instructor. He compared her to the sexy starlet Ginger from the 1960s TV series, "Gilligan's Island," and said he was distracted by her beauty.

Corlett says he was told that no topic was off limits. Oakland said the work was clearly inappropriate. Corlett now lives in Sarasota, Fla.

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