Hope it gets fixed, with no need for any lawsuits.
To the OP: before even thinking about suing, read California Code of Civil Procedure Section 128.7.
Also, I'm curious why you titled this thread as relating to "corruption." You got dropped from an online class -- perhaps by mistake, but in any event, nothing in your post even remotely hints at any "corruption."
The corruption comes in from the college's response. Yes they admitted that I was dropped prior to the deadline, yes they agreed that I attempted to do work, just not as much as the amount they would like. No they won't re-add me. Why?
1. it had taken so long to get this resolved so presumably I won't succeed in the class anymore
2. in an email sent out by the VP it permitted instructors to drop students as they see fit, regardless of drop policy published by the school on their website.
I understand policy by the college is set at the local level, but seriously how are students suppose to know what policy is what if an email can change it?