Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination
DASA - The Dignity for All Students Act
The Dignity Act (DASA) prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students by students and school personnel. The students have the right to be protected from intimidation, harassment, or discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, or religious practice, sex, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, by employees or students on school property or at a school-sponsored event function or activity. The students have the responsibility to respect one another and treat others fairly in accordance with the District Code of Conduct and the provisions of the Dignity Act, to conduct them in a manner that fosters an environment that is free from intimidation, harassment, or discrimination, and to report any incidents of intimidation, harassment, or discrimination.
Bullying and hazing are forms of discrimination and harassment.
Types of harassment behaviors
- Hitting, punching, tripping
- Kicking, pushing, scratching
- Damaging, stealing property
- Excluding or threatening to exclude
- Spreading rumors, gossiping
- Ostracizing, alienating
- Using threatening looks or gestures
- Name calling, teasing, taunting
- Making offensive/discriminating remarks
- Verbally threatening/intimidating
- Use of internet, cell phone, or other technology to harass and intimidate
The Dignity Act applies to behavior on school property (including athletic fields, playgrounds, and parking lots), in school buildings, on a school bus/vehicle, as well as at school-sponsored events or activities.
The Dignity for All Students Act requires each Board of Education appoint district personnel to fill the role of Dignity Act Coordinators. In our district Mrs. S. White will serve in this capacity. It is the responsibility of the coordinator to make sure any harassment complaints regarding DASA are followed up on and handled properly. Mrs. White has been trained to recognize and respond effectively to harassment and bullying, and implement strategies to prevent it. Forms for reporting harassment cases can be found on this web page. Parents and students may contact the Coordinator in her office or via phone at 315-562-8132, ext. 25519.
If you feel you or someone else has been the target of harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying, and/or discrimination, please use this form to report all allegations.
All complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Anonymous reports may limit our ability to respond to the complaint. A prompt and thorough investigation will be conducted for all incident reports.