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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.

DASA Incident Reporting Form (PDF)

2017-18 DASA Building  Coordinators 

Country Parkway Elementary      Andrew Bowen; Rebekah Skinner 
Dodge Elementary           Charles Smilinich; Melanie Myers
Forest Elementary           Donna Callaghan; Doreen Zak-Watt
Heim Elementary   Bonnie Stafford; Nancy Fultz
Maple East Elementary   Teresa Kacmarski; Kathy Schiumo
Maple West Elementary  Charles Galluzzo; Jessica Parker 
   
Casey Middle Peter Dobmeier; Patti Chown
Heim Middle  Michael Antonelli; Kathy Hornung
Mill Middle    Hillary Weir; Karen Stelley
Transit Middle  William Bohen; Whitney Abbott 
   
East High School    Tricia DeSantis; Beth Gentile
North High School Andre Thomas; Jason Lehmbeck
South High School Ryan Harding; Jason Swenson