DASA - Dignity for All Students
New York State Dignity for All Students Act
The goal of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), which took effect July 1, 2012, is to provide students with a school environment free of discrimination and harassment by peers and by school personnel. It applies to behaviors on school property, in school buildings, on a school bus, as well as at school-sponsored events or activities. Incidents of harassment and discrimination may include, but are not limited to, threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), and sex. These eleven categories are referred to as protected classes.
In addition, amendments to the regulation (effective July 1, 2013) have added explicit references prohibiting bullying and cyber bullying.
DASA includes provisions that alter reporting, codes of conduct, professional development, and classroom instruction. At least one highly-trained employee will be designated as a DASA coordinator in each school and will be responsible for receiving and reporting incidents. In addition, training is to be provided to staff and students in order to raise awareness, provide strategies for prevention, and offer methods of responding to acts of discrimination and/or harassment. Finally, schools will be required to collect and report data related to “material incidents” of discrimination and harassment.
M.J. Fletcher Building Coordinator: Maria DeJoy Principal 483-4404
Reporting Incidents of Bullying, Harassment, or Discrimination:
If you believe that a student has been the target of harassment, bullying--including cyberbullying--or discrimination, please submit an Incident Report to report all allegations.You may use the links at right to complete this form online, and it will automatically be directed to the Dignity Act Coordinator at the selected school. Or, you can print a copy of the form and return it to the school office. A school administrator will review and respond to each incident in the context of the student Code of Conduct.
- All complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Anonymous reports may limit the school’s ability to gather sufficient information necessary to respond to the complaint.
- False reporting of incidents may result in disciplinary consequences.
- Any reports made during summer months will be addressed as the school administrator is available.