Dignity for All Students Act - DASA

Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act or DASA) seeks to provide NYS public elementary and secondary school 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. It was signed into law on 9/13/10 and went into effect on 7/1/2012.

Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment For Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students  (7/20/15)

The Updated Resource and Promising Practices Guide for School Administrators & Faculty (Updated 5/10/16)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia released guidance and model materials to aid school districts in complying with the Dignity For All Students Act.

August 31, 2016 memo from NYS Education Department Assistant Commissioner, Renee Rider and NYS Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Bureau Chief, Lourdes Rosado

Model training materials to assist districts in training school employees on a variety of topics, including the nature of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; how to identify such behavior; and school employees’ duties concerning the reporting, investigation, and documenting of alleged incidents of harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

Letter to School Leaders Provides Resources for Complying with the Dignity for All Students Act and Preventing and Addressing Hate-Based Actions -NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman  letter to school districts on how to ensure schools are safe havens free of discrimination, harassment or intimidation towards students and employees due to race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis. 11/18/16

Reminder from Attorney General Schneiderman and Education Commissioner Elia that New York State Protects Transgender Students (2/23/2017)

Guidance and Resources to Combat Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination in Schools in Light of Recent Immigration-related Actions (2/27/17)

State Education Commissioner Elia and A.G. Schneiderman Remind Schools That NYS Protects Transgender Students-This letter clarifies the rights of all students in NY to enjoy a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment without regard to their gender identity; and confirms the ongoing obligation of all school districts in New York State to protect those rights under state and federal law. (/28/18)

Resources-Links to NYSED Dignity Act Resources page

DASA Training- Links to 6 hour training providers

Laws and Regulations-Links to NYSED Dignity Act Laws and Regulations Page

Page Updated 2/28/18