Kyle Carey, a freshman student at the University of Oklahoma student, found dead in the Walker Center residence hall on February 22. Carey was reportedly also a member of the university’s Delta Upsilon Fraternity chapter. The university has since opened an investigation into the fraternity.
In an email to The Daily, the school’s student newspaper, university press secretary Matt Epting said that all of the Delta Upsilon’s chapter activities have been suspended pending the findings of the investigation.
Justin Kirk, the executive director of the Delta Upsilon national chapter, Justin Kirk, issued the following statement: “Delta Upsilon mourns the loss of associate member Kyle Carey, Oklahoma ’21. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kyle’s family, the Oklahoma chapter and the entire OU community during this difficult time.”
The Daily reports that the University of Oklahoma decided to open an investigation into Delta Upsilon after OU the Norman Police Department gave them evidence suggesting student safety concerns during a drug investigation.
Authorities launched an investigation into Carey’s death last week. Rowdy Gilbert, vice president for public affairs, said that investigation, led by the OU Police Department, has concluded.
“OUPD has concluded its investigation and found no suspicious activity was involved,” said Rowdy Gilbert, the vice president of public affairs. “An official cause of death has not yet been confirmed by the medical examiner.”
It is the second death Delta Upsilon fraternity members have mourned in as many years. On Feb. 3, 2017, the body of Kyle O’Brien, 19, was found in near 321 Robert S. Kerr Ave. in Oklahoma City, a parking garage, at around 10 p.m.
On February 26, the University of Oklahoma’s Student Conduct Office completed their investigation into the fraternity, reportedly issuing sanctions due to their findings.
Press secretary Epting stated that the fraternity’s cease-and-desist order has been lifted and that fraternity activities are no longer suspended.