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. Concerns and reports of discrimination, harassment and bullying shall be directed to the Dignity Act Coordinator of each Campus, who shall investigate the allegations and refer to the Building Principal as appropriate. The DAC is trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex. It should be noted that an action does not need to be a violation of the dignity act to violate the school code of conduct.
Dignity Act Coordinators for each building:
It is the responsibility of the DAC to help in resolving the problem/concern, and/or to refer the complainant to the next level of appeal. Matters involving specific classes, teachers, or school rules should be brought to an administrator’s attention before an individual addresses the Board of Education.
All matters referred to the Superintendent and/or Board of Education must be presented in writing to the District Clerk. Concerns brought directly to the Board of Education or its members shall be referred to the Superintendent for investigation, report, and/or resolution.