If every student who ever made politically incorrect comments online was treated this way, college campuses would be deserted.

The FIRE blog reports.

As New Semester Begins, Colorado College Student Remains Banned from Campus for Six-Word Joke on Yik Yak

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., January 19, 2016—Yesterday, students at Colorado College arrived back on campus for the new semester. Sadly, one Colorado College student still isn’t able to join his classmates thanks to a six-word joke he posted in November on the social media application Yik Yak.

The joke was an anonymous reply to the comment “#blackwomenmatter” and read: “They matter, they’re just not hot.” Thaddeus Pryor admitted to a Colorado College administrator that he was responsible for authoring the post and explained that he meant the comment as a joke. On November 20, 2015, Colorado College found that Pryor had violated its “Abusive Behavior” and “Disruption of College Activities” policies and suspended him for two years. On appeal, and after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) intervened, the college reduced the suspension to six months.

Under the terms of Pryor’s suspension, he is banned from campus and unable to attend classes. He is also forbidden from taking classes at other institutions for academic credit in the meantime. During his suspension, Pryor has been working multiple jobs.

FIRE wrote to Colorado College’s Board of Trustees on January 15, urging them to immediately reinstate Pryor. Although Colorado College is a private institution, and thus is not bound by the First Amendment, it promises free speech to its students—a promise it has broken by suspending Pryor solely for his expression. On November 25, 2015, FIRE first urged the college to honor its moral and contractual commitment to free speech in a letter to Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler. After Tiefenthaler failed to respond, FIRE reached out to the trustees.