New York State Dignity for All Students Act
Enacted July 1, 2012
Westport Central School DASA Coordinator:
Joshua R. Meyer
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was enacted to
provide students with a safe, supportive educational environment free from
discrimination, harassment and bullying. In accordance with the Dignity
Act, Westport Central School condemns and strictly prohibits
all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying.
What is Bullying? A government website titled Stop
Bullying Now defines it as:
- Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another
person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending
himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over.
- Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people
- Spreading bad rumors about people
- Keeping certain people out of a "group"
- Teasing people in a mean way
- Getting certain people to "gang up" on
- Bullying also can happen online or electronically.
Cyberbullying is when children or teens bully each other using the
Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include:
- Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
- Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in
blogs or on Web sites
- Using someone else's user name to spread rumors or lies
Resources on Bullying:
York State Education Department Resources
Dignity Act Brochure
Dignity Act Resources:
Policy Student Harassment and Bullying Prevention and Intervention