Colorado College Denies Appeal for New Hearing from Student Suspended for Social Media Post

December 11, 2015

By Debbie Kelley at The Gazette

Colorado College administrators denied an appeal for a new hearing from a student who was suspended for two years because of a post he made on social media but did reduce his suspension to one year.

Thaddeus Pryor, a southwest Colorado resident who had been a junior at CC, can return to campus after May 16, according to an appeal decision from Dean of Students Mike Edmonds that was announced in a Dec. 3 letter.

Graduation is May 14. Until then, Pryor is banned from school property.

At issue is this: To a post on the social media app Yik Yak that read #blackwomenmatter, Pryor responded with, "They matter, they're just not hot."

The suspension was lessened due to Pryor having no prior disciplinary record, the letter stated, with Edmonds adding, "I believe this will provide you with the opportunity you asked for: to apologize, learn and mitigate the damage caused by your actions...

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