Forward Together: Understanding the DASA Legislation

 

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), signed into law on September 2010, was implemented July 1, 2012 to provide a school environment free of harassment and discrimination.

DASA states: “If a school knows or reasonably should know about student-on-student (or staff on student) harassment that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the school to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.”

The basic requirements of DASA include:

  • K-12 instruction on civility, citizenship and character education
  • Designation of a DASA Coordinator
  • Staff training in awareness, sensitivity, and quick appropriate responses
  • Non-discriminatory instructional and counseling practices
  • Document and respond to all incidents of harassment

DASA means that all staff must formally report any incident or claim of bullying, harassment, and intimidation as defined by Greece Central School’s Code of Conduct.  All reported claims must be thoroughly investigated.  Appropriate action steps must be taken to resolve the situation, remove the hostile environment, and to prevent future occurrences.

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