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Dignity for All Student Act Information

Dignity for All Student Act (DASA) History in Brief

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was signed into law on Septmber 13, 2010 and became effective on July 1, 2012.  On July 1, 2013 the DASA legislation was amended to incorporate cyberbullying.
 
The intent of DASA is to ensure the right of all students to attend schools and perform in environments free from bullying, harassment and/or discrimination. 

What Does the Passage of the DASA Legislation Mean for Schools?

Statewide, schools are expected to:

  • Provide training to staff relative to DASA Legislation.
  • Identify Dignity Act Coordinator/s charged with conducting investigations.
  • Ensure that the concepts of civility, citizenship, and character education are included in curriculum.
  • Ensure that DASA related polices are included in school Codes of Conduct.
  • Ensure that state reporting requirements are met annually.

Who is Protected Under the DASA Legislation?

In an effort to ensure that all students are provided with an opportunity to attend public schools free from discrimination and harassment, (10) protected classes were identified: Race, Color, Weight, National origin, Ethnic group, Religion or Religious practices, Disability, Sexual orientation, Gender (including gender expression or identity), or Sex.

DASA Legislation stipulated that no student be subject to harassment or bullying by their peers or employees related to the above classes.

Defining Key DASA Terms

Harassment: Creation of a hostile environment that would/could reasonably interfere with a student’s educational performance.

Bullying: Unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repetitious in nature and occurs over time. These events may be verbal, social, physical, and/or occur electronically (cyber- bullying). 

Discrimination: The act of denying rights/equitable treatment or access to facilities available to others based upon the group, class, or category to which a person belongs.

Conflict Vs. Bullying

Conflict

Bullying

Equal power between students

Imbalance of power between students

Student(s) show remorse

Student(s) do not/ have not shown remorse

Student(s) demonstrate the ability to modify their behavior

Student(s) do not/have not demonstrated the ability to modify their behavior.

Student(s) demonstrate the ability to self-monitor

Student(s) do not/have not not demonstrated the ability to self-monitor.

What Should I do?

In the event that you believe a student has been bullied, harassed, or discriminated against (based on the definitions provided above) and you wish to file a formal DASA compliant with the District, please complete the reporting form attached and submit it to the District Coordinator of DASA, Dr. Michael Inforna per the instructions on the form. 

Upon receipt of your report, the District Coordinator of DASA will:

  • Contact the reporter and and review the completed form; and
  • Contact a  Dignity Act Coordinators (DAC) to initiate the investigation process.

The Dignity Act Coordinators, who are trained to conduct DASA invesigtations will plan for a comprehensive invesitgation, which will include various interviews, and will generate a report that includes their findings and recommendations.   

DASA Resources

District Coordinator of DASA

Dr. Michael Inforna

Curriculum Associate for Secondary Education

Hubbs Administration Center

480 Clay Pitts Road

East Northport, NY 11731

minforna@commack.k12.ny.us

 

2018-2019 DIGNITY ACT COORDINATORS (Click here)

 

Commack UFSD: 

A Proactive Approach 

In Commack, we believe that a proactive method is often the best approach to ensure that our students attend schools and learn in environments that are free from bullying, harrassment, and/or discrimination. We are proud to share that Commack comprehensively implements the 8 Best Practices for Creating Safe and Healthy Schools as identified by various national associations*.  By actively seeking to create an environment where bullying and harassment isnot tolerated and children feel safe to learn and attend school, Commack has provided a foundation for creating a culture of understanding and acceptance. Click on the links to read more about these 8 Best Practices or to review a presentation to the Board of Education about Commack's implementation of these practices.

*American School Counselor Association, National Association of School Psychologists, School Social Work Association of America, National Association of School Resource Officers, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals

Contact Information
By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
By Email: webmaster@commack.k12.ny.us
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