Arizona privacy laws and the University’s student code of conduct limit the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which handles judicial proceedings, from revealing students’ identities in these cases, ASU spokeswoman Sharon Keeler said.
ASU policy is to present the person or persons accused of the assault with the facts of the allegation, which may give away the identity of the victim, she said.
The woman told members of a nonprofit organization focused on investigative journalism that she tried to lodge a complaint against her attackers through the University’s judicial affairs office.
In the members’ report about sexual assault on college campuses, the student said she decided against filing the complaint because University officials could not guarantee her anonymity.
It was previously unclear why the University couldn’t guarantee the alleged victim’s anonymity.
“For a student who is charged of a student code of conduct violation to respond and defend him or herself, he or she needs the facts of the allegation,” Keeler said in an e-mail. “A victim’s identity may well be evident to the student against whom code of conduct charges have been made through the presentation of the factual allegations.”
The woman, who alleges she was assaulted at a fraternity party, pursued the charges through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities when ASU Police decided not to continue a criminal investigation against the men, citing a lack of evidence.
The former student is now seeking a civil suit against the local and national chapters of the Sigma Chi fraternity.