The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act seeks to provide the State’s 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.
The Dignity for All Students Act is a state law intended to create a learning environment free of discrimination and harassment for all students. The law states that no student shall be subjected to discrimination, harassment, or bullying (including cyberbullying) by employees or students on school property, or off school property at a school function, electronically, and when the act may create a risk of substantial disruption at school.
ALL students are protected by the The Dignity for All Students Act. The law explicitly mandates the reporting of all incidents of harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination based on, but not limited to, a person’s race, color, weight, nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender (which includes gender identity and/or expression), or sex. This includes any act(s) of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, and/or discrimination of students by other students as well as school personnel.
The Dignity for All Students Act is often referred to as “DASA” or “The Dignity Act”.