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Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)


Dignity for All Student Act - DASA
DASA, enacted by New York State, went into effect July 1, 2012, and protects students in NYS public schools from harassment, discrimination, and bullying by other students or school employees.

It provides that no student shall be subjected to discrimination based on his or her actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, weight, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or sex. DASA explicitly states that the harassment is the creation of a hostile environment through bullying, taunting, and intimidation.

Cyberbullying Amendment to DASA
The cyberbullying amendment to the Dignity Act establishes protocols to respond to cyberbullying. It grants schools authority over communications that occurs off-campus if it creates a hostile environment, a risk of a substantial disruption at school and it is foreseeable that the conduct, threats, intimidation, or abuse might reach school property. Under the bill, a principal, superintendent or the designee is charged with investigating reports of cyberbullying. If the investigation verifies harassment, bullying or discrimination, the school would be required to take prompt actions to end the harassment.

Dignity Act Coordinators
DASA requires that at least one staff member at every school be thoroughly 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. This staff member is the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC).

Centre Avenue
Ms. Sherry Ma, Principal
Ms. Dawn McCabe, Social Worker
Ms. Ann Marie Kenny-Chapur, Psychologist

Rhame Avenue
Mr. Erik Walter, Principal
Ms. Dawn McCabe, Social Worker Dr. Alissa Nunes, Psychologist

Middle School/High School
Mr. Richard Schaffer, Principal
Mr. James O’Driscoll, Guidance Counselor Ms. Kristen Mednick, Social Worker
Ms. Maureen Schutta, Social Worker Ms. Amy Weissman, Social Worker Ms. Barbara Gerber, Psychologist

For more information, contact:
Susan Kosser
Interim Director, Pupil Personnel Services
516-887-8300 x 544 or 543