Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Susan Bon


This is a qualitative multiple case study of two religious-affiliated, independent schools in Trippler, South Carolina. The topic of this study is Effects of Federal and State Bullying Laws on Religiously Affiliated Schools. The research was comprised of open-ended questions posed to individuals involved in the disciplinary actions of the students at the two schools.

This study shows that the religious-affiliated, independent schools consult many different entities to develop and formulate their policies. As both schools stated, their handbook of policies is a living document that can and will change as society changes, necessitating the evolution of their policies. They are not bound to the secular rules but do attempt to stay abreast of those rules and stay within the boundaries for liability standards.

Analysis of all data revealed four common themes that were compiled from document review, interview analysis, and environment observations. The themes were faith, respect, restorative, and safety. Limitations and suggestions for further research on this topic are provided in the Conclusion.


© 2019, Dawn W. Hiller