DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (D.A.S.A.)
Washingtonville Central School District is committed to the intellectual, cultural, physical and emotional growth of our children in a safe and supportive environment.
The goal of The Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally and/or physically harassed. All public elementary and secondary school students have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, considerate, and caring environment.
- The Dignity Act prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students by students and by school.
- Bullying and hazing are forms of harassment and discrimination.
- 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.
No student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school property or at a school function; nor shall any student be subject to discrimination based on his/her actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
- Harassment: “Creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being.”
- Bullying: “A problem behavior based on power relationships in which a student or a group of students uses power aggressively to cause emotional or physical pain and distress to another student.”
Process for Reporting a Material Incident:
- When a complaint is brought to a building level coordinator, the building level coordinator will take a written report from the complainant.
- The Building Level Coordinator will investigate the complaint and render a decision within 2 weeks of receiving the complaint.
- The Building Level Coordinator will notify the complainant, the principal, and others who need to be advised of the decision.
- If the complaint is substantiated, then within 1 week of the decision, any change or recommendation will be enacted.
- Within 10 days of the decision, the complainant may appeal in writing to the District Level Dignity Act Coordinator.
- Within 10 days of the receipt of the appeal the District Level Dignity Act Coordinator will meet with the complainant to hear the appeal.
- The District Level Coordinator will have 5 days in which to conduct an investigation of the appeal.
- Within 10 days of meeting with the complainant the District Level Coordinator will render a decision.