1 New York’s Dignity The for Students Act All Dignity for All Dignity for All New York State’s Students Act Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s Amendments effective July 1, 2013 a students with and safe supportive environment free from intimidation, discrimination, harassment, taunting, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. This brochure presents an overview of the basic requirements under the Dignity Act. It is by no means a comprehensive resource. Further information about the Dignity Act and associated Regulations of the Commissioner of Education are Updated June 2013 available at: York State New Education Department Innovation Office of School http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact Student Support Services Room 318 M, Education Building 12234 Albany, NY Phone: 5184866090 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact
2 to the cont. Act, Dignity Amendment New York’s Dignity for All Students Act : School employees Employee Reporting who witness or receive a report of harassment, bullying or discrimination must The Dignity for Amendment to the Dignity Act Students Act All notify the principal, superintendent or Effective July 1, 2012 Effective July 1, 2013 designee within one school day after 2010) 2012) (Chapter 482 Laws of (Chapter 102 Laws of witnessing the incident or receiving the report The following provisions are in addition to the original Dignity Act. and must file a written report within two Curriculum : Curriculum must include school days thereafter. Cyberbullying : Cyberbullying will be defined as development of instruction that supports the harassment or of by any form bullying electronic free of discrimination a school environment Notification of Law Enforcement : The communication, and include incidents occurring off and harassment. Principal, Superintendent or designee will be school property that create or would foreseeably notify appropriate local law required to create a risk of substantial disruption within the : The Code of Conduct Code of Conduct they believe that any enforcement when school environment. to include provisions must be amended bullying or discrimination harassment, prohibiting discrimination and harassment constitutes criminal conduct. Reports of Harassment, Bullying and against any student by employees or Discrimination : The principal, superintendent, or provisions for responding to students, and Professional Certification : Professionals designee must be charged with receiving reports. such acts. applying for certificate or license, including teachers, school but not limited to classroom : The Investigation of Reports principal, Reporting : Material incidents of counselors, school psychologists, school superintendent, or designee must lead or supervise discrimination and/or harassment on school social workers, school administrators or the prompt and thorough investigation of reports. grounds or at a school function must be supervisors, and superintendents of schools, reported to NYSED annually. must complete training on the social patterns : The school must Response to Verified Reports bullying and discrimination, of harassment, end to take prompt actions reasonably calculated : At least one staff Act Coordinator Dignity of harassment, identification and mitigation the harassment, bullying or discrimination, at every school must be designated member bullying and discrimination, and strategies for ensure the eliminate any hostile environment, and handle human relations in and trained to the effectively addressing exclusion, bias and safety of the student(s) toward whom harassment, areas of: race, color, weight, national origin, aggression in educational settings. bullying or discrimination was directed. ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and Curriculum : Curriculum must include sex. instruction in safe and responsible use of the Internet and electronic communications and Employee Training: Employees must emphasize discouraging acts of harassment, receive training to raise awareness and bullying and discrimination. sensitivity to potential acts of discrimination and/or harassment and to enable employees and Educational Materials: Guidance The prevent and respond to incidents of to State Education Department will provide and harassment. discrimination educational materials, including and guidance addressing cyberbullying, best practices in and best practices in helping families and communities to work cooperatively with schools in addressing cyberbullying.