Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
New York State Dignity for All Students Act
The Dignity Act was signed into law September 2010 and became effective July 2012.
The Dignity Act – instruction in civility, citizenship, and character education by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity to include: an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, mental of physical abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct has been amended to reflect the prohibition of discrimination and harassment of students by students or staff and disseminated to all levels in age appropriate plain language.
- The Code of Conduct Policy was reviewed by a committee of administrators, teachers, parents and students to review and update the code of conduct to align with DASA requirements with New York State Education guidance.
- The revised language in the Code of Conduct will be included in any publications that contain these rules and regulations such as the Code of Conduct for high school, middle school, and elementary students.
DASA Incident Reporting Protocol
If an incident is considered to be an act of bullying, discrimination and/or harassment, the administrator in charge of discipline will consult with Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC). If the act is determined to be an act of bullying, discrimination and/or harassment, a formal incident report will be completed and appropriate disciplinary measures are taken.
- Administrator or Intervention Staff will review all incident reports and determine if it is a potential bullying/discrimination/harassment issue.
- In the event there is a concern regarding bullying/discrimination/harassment, DAC will be consulted.
- DAC will make recommendations to the administrator regarding an invention plan and a discipline plan will be determined.
- DASA Incident Report will be completed.
- Administrator will enforce the discipline measures discussed.
- All DASA Incident Reports will be maintained and stored.
- PBIS Team will meet with all parties involved to provide education, follow-up and support.
Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC)
School principal will designate a staff person as the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC). That person will be thoroughly trained and recognize and effectively respond to harassment and bullying and implement strategies to prevent it. The principal will serve as the back up DAC.
- DAC must attend training.
- DAC will be the building expert in recognizing and responding to human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, natural origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender and sex.
- DAC will help advise the creation and implementation of incident forms and collection of data regarding bullying, discrimination, and harassment incidents.
- The name and contact information of the DAC must be shared with all school personnel, students and persons in parental relations. Lexington must print the name and contact information of the DAC in their annual publications, such as the school code of conduct and employee handbook.
For the 2017-2018 school year, the designated DAC is Carlos Aponte-Salcedo.
Contact Information: CAponte-Salcedo@lexnyc.org
Requirement: Commencing with the 2012-13 school year and continuing every year thereafter, Lexington must implement school employee training programs to promote a positive school environment that is free from bullying, discrimination, and harassment; and to discourage and respond to incidents of bullying, discrimination, and harassment on school property or at school functions.
All staff members including administrators, administrative assistants, teachers, instructional assistants, related service providers, interpreters, food service personnel, custodians, bus drivers, and custodians will receive training in order to raise awareness and sensitivity to potential acts of bullying, discrimination or harassment directed at students that are committed by students on school property or at school functions including but not limited to discrimination or harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex. Training must also enable employees to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying, discrimination and harassment.
Character Education / Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (SOAR)
Requirement: The Dignity Act amends state law to require that schools incorporate curricula on diversity and sensitivity into lessons on civility and citizenship.
- Requirements include the development of lessons on civility, character, citizenship, tolerance, respect for others, and dignity.
- Principal and department supervisors should require incorporation of such lessons into lesson plans in all relevant subject areas periodically and at all grade levels.
- Character Education program should continue or be implemented on all levels. The intent is to create a change in the culture of Lexington to promote healthy respect and prosocial behaviors.
Data Collection and State Reporting
Lexington must collect data on incidents of bullying, discrimination, and harassment and report these incidents to New York State.
For further review of DASA, you can refer to the following links:
- DASA - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/
- DASA Guidance -
- Requirements for Schools - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/documents/TrainingMaterialsFnl8-31-16.pdf
- Addressing Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation, and Discrimination in our Schools - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/documents/PreventBullyingInYourSchool_Nov2016.pdf
- Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment For Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/documents/Transg_GNCGuidanceFINAL.pdf