Dignity for All Students Act
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.
The Dignity Act takes effect on July 1, 2012.
The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment by District personnel or students on school property or at a school function. The Dignity Act also states that NO student shall be subjected to discrimination by District personnel or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
The goal of the Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally and/or physically harassed.
All public elementary and secondary school students have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, considerate, and caring environment.
Q: What does the Dignity Act Prohibit?
A: The Dignity Act prohibits the harassment and/or discrimination of students by students and/or by District personnel.
Q: How does the Dignity Act relate to bullying and hazing?
A: Bullying and hazing are forms of harassment.
Q: What physical spaces are covered by the Dignity Act?
A: The Dignity Act applies to behavior on school property (including athletic fields, playgrounds and parking lots), in school buildings, on a school bus/vehicle, as well as at school-sponsored events or activities.
Q: What do I do if I need to report an incident?
A: Each school homepage has the Dignity for All Students Act link for reporting an incident. The link is called "Anonymous Alerts"
To learn more about the Dignity for All Students Act visit www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact
(Courtesy of NYState Education Department, Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services)