THE DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT
A student’s ability to learn and to meet high academic standards, and a school’s ability to educate its students is compromised by incidents of discrimination or harassment including bullying, taunting, or intimidation. The Dignity Act makes it the official policy of New York State that all students in public school have the right to an education free of discrimination and harassment.
To promote civility in public schools, and to prevent and prohibit conduct which is inconsistent with a school’s educational mission, the Dignity Act requires every school district in New York State to include an age appropriate version of the policy in its code of conduct. The Dignity Act addresses material incidents of harassment and discrimination of students by students, as well as of students by faculty or staff.
The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. Discrimination and harassment means an intentional act against any student, on school property or at a school function, that creates a hostile environment by conduct, with or without physical contact by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse, of such a severe nature that it:
- Has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional physical well-being; or
- Reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety.
The Campbell-Savona Central School District supports The Dignity Act and does not tolerate harassment or discrimination by employees or students. For more information regarding The Dignity Act, please contact one of the Dignity Act Coordinators listed below.
Jr/Sr High Coordinator