One student charged in Dean’s Office drug investigation

A Dean’s Office investigation into drugs on Queens campus has concluded, resulting in one student being charged with violating the university’s honor code drug policy, Dean of Students John Downey said Monday.

Students accused of honor code violations normally go through the campus judicial board, Downey said. He would not comment further on the specifics of this case.

The investigation follows a fatal heroin overdose that occurred on campus over the summer semester. Earlier this semester, Vice President for Campus Safety and Security Ray Thrower told The Chronicle that the on-campus death of Queens student Griffin Kelton resulted in drug investigations by both the Dean of Students Office and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

In a summer interview, Griffin Kelton’s mother, Sallie Kelton, said that she provided campus police with a list of individuals who she thinks supplied drugs to her son before his death.

“Those names were turned over to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and our office, along with the Dean’s Office, is doing investigations on that also,” Thrower said earlier this semester. Thrower later clarified that campus police was not conducting its own investigation, but was instead assisting the CMPD in its investigation as well as the Dean’s Office in its now-concluded investigation.

In an email to The Chronicle late last month, Downey declined to comment on whether the Dean’s Office investigation was connected to Kelton’s death.

The Chronicle could not independently confirm the existence of a CMPD investigation, as CMPD spokesman Keith Treitley said the department does not discuss ongoing investigations.

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