Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Educational Leadership

Advisor

Patricia First

Committee Member

Tony Cawthon

Committee Member

Susan Limber

Committee Member

Anthony Normore

Committee Member

Bruce Ransome

Committee Member

James Satterfield

Abstract

The purpose of this explanatory, embedded case study was to understand why the proposed Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention statute and the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment statute did not passed. The data for the study was conducted through direct observations of congressional committee hearings, document analysis and open-ended interviews. The proposed Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention statute addresses cyberbullying by imposing criminal sanctions. The proposed Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Statute seeks to provide federal grants to institutions of higher education to implement anti-harassment programs. The findings revealed that vague terminology, language dealing with LGBT people and sexual orientation as well as free speech issues kept the two proposed statutes from moving through the legislative process. The role of religion was found to have a significant impact on the beliefs of policy-makers which influences how they view legislation.

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