Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act) was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and became effective July 1, 2012. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 - Dignity for All Students. The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees 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.
In compliance with Education Law §13(3), at least one staff member at every school must be thoroughly trained in human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (which includes a person’s actual or perceived sex, and gender identity and expression), and sex. This staff member should be referred to as the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC).
If you have been the target of such behaviors listed above or know someone who has, we encourage you to speak to a teacher, principal, or school employee. The following employees have been appointed as Dignity Act Coordinators and are available to help you.
Kevin Walkowski, School Counselor, High School, x 2002 email@example.com
Eric Knapp, School Counselor, Middle School, x 3002 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Perl, Instructional Support Specialist, John Kennedy, x 5006 email@example.com
Julie Wasilewski, School Counselor, Jackson, x 4002 firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Resources from the NYS Education Department
Dignity for All Students Act Webpage: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/