Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Educational Leadership


Cawthon, Tony

Committee Member

Quigley, Cassie

Committee Member

Satterfield, James

Committee Member

Stewart-Tillman, Kendra

Committee Member

Thompson, Martie


Sexual violence at institutions of higher education has been a problem of concern for several decades. In April 2011, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights issued the Dear Colleague Letter on sexual violence. This document offered guidance and recommendations to schools on ways to educate about and respond to sexual harassment including sexual violence. Since its release there has been limited research on its impact and university response. The purpose of this study was to learn more about one institution's administrators' response to the Dear Colleague Letter on sexual violence. A case study design was used to complete the study. The data sources were interviews with administrators, observations, and documents. The participants were five mid-level and higher university administrators. The emergent themes from the study are change, collaboration, support, and human and financial capital. This institution has had an encouraging response, but additional studies at more institutions are needed.