Date of Award

Spring 4-12-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Trice

Second Advisor

Dr. Joe Zlatic

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Winslow


Violent crimes and sexual assaults on higher education campuses in the United States has been an ongoing for decades. In 1990, Congress enacted the Jeanne Clery Act in to enhance the safety of students by requiring higher education institutions to publish their crime statistics and security policies in the form on an Annual Security Report (Fox, Khey, Lizotte, & Nobles, 2012; Richards & Kafonek 2013). Previous research revealed the Clery Act’s many requirements are confusing and open to interpretation, which has prevented higher education institutions from maintaining compliance (Wood & Janosik, 2012). This study investigates the complexities of Clery Act requirements as they relate to institutional non-compliance from the perspective of Clery Act compliance officials. The researcher conducted interviews with 20 Clery compliance officials and triangulated their responses with previous research and secondary data obtained in the literature review. The results identified specific information related to the complexities of Clery Act requirements and recommendations to enhance compliance. At the conclusion of the study several areas of future research were identified that could help generate additional information as to the factors that impede and enhance Clery Act compliance.


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