Dignity for All Students Act

In accordance with New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (“DASA”), the School is committed to providing its students, employees, volunteers and visitors with an educational and working environment that is safe and secure, promotes respect, dignity and equality, and is free from bullying, discrimination or other forms of harassment or intimidation. 

Bullying:

Bullying is strictly prohibited on School property and at any School function, as well as any other place or time when the effects of such conduct would reasonably be expected to impact the educational process or create a risk disruption within the School environment.

“Bullying” for the purpose of this policy is defined as harassment, aggressive behavior or other intentional action, whether verbal or physical, which is intended, or could reasonably be expected, to cause emotional harm, distress, fear, ridicule, humiliation and/or intimidation.  Bullying can be face-to-face, or carried out by phone, over the internet and other ways directed at another person through the "posting" of sensitive and/or private information, including cyberbullying;  “Cyberbullying” means Bullying through any form of electronic communication, such as email, text, and social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram).  Bullying can take many forms, such as slurs, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, cartoons, pranks, gestures, and physical attacks.  (“Intentional action” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).)

This policy includes bullying of students (by other students, employees, volunteers and visitors) and by students (of employees, volunteers and visitors).

Bullying by students will result in discipline, up to and including expulsion.  Bullying by employees will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Harassment and Discrimination:

All students are entitled to a learning environment free from harassment and discrimination.  No student or Employee shall be subjected to discrimination or harassment by other students, Employees or visitors on the basis of physical, cultural or even social differences, including, without limitation based on his or her actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, or gender.  “Harassment” includes any action (verbal or physical) which tends to create a hostile environment (including Bullying and Cyberbullying) and has substantially interfered with a student’s educational opportunities or benefits or the terms and conditions of an employee’s employment, reasonably causes a student or employee to fear for his or her physical safety, or reasonably poses a risk to a student’s or employee’s physical or emotional well-being.  Just like bullying, harassment that occurs off School property may is prohibited when the effects of such conduct would reasonably be expected to impact the educational process or create risk of disruption within the School environment.

Harassment by students will result in discipline, up to and including expulsion.  Harassment by employees will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

CSA values and embraces its inclusive and diverse school communities and strives to provide a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for all students and families regardless of their race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.  If a student or his or her family would like to explore a particular accommodation based upon cultural or religious practices, or due to one’s disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, the student or the student’s parents or guardian should contact the Principal or adult the student feels comfortable with to schedule a meeting to discuss a plan to address the student’s particular circumstances and needs.

Reporting and Investigation of Complaints of Harassment/Discrimination and Bullying

Any staff member who witnesses, receives an oral or written account of, or otherwise reasonably suspects the occurrence of, any act constituting harassment, discrimination or bullying must promptly notify the principal, superintendent, or the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Coordinator of such occurrence as soon as reasonably practicable, but no later than one school day of witnessing or receiving a report of harassment, discrimination or bullying.  Such staff member is required to file a written report with the principal, superintendent or the DASA Coordinator no later than two school days after such oral report or notification. Reporting forms shall be made available in the school’s main office.

The DASA Coordinator’s name and contact information for each school can be found in the Appendix of this handbook[LJH1] . The DASA Coordinator is trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. The DASA Coordinator will be accessible to students and staff members for consultation and advice. 

All students, parents, visitors and others are strongly encouraged to report any such conduct.  Retaliation or reprisal by any staff member, student or parent against any individual who, in good faith, reports or assists in the investigation of harassment, discrimination or bullying is strictly prohibited (and, for students and staff members, will result in severe discipline). All complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Please note that anonymous reports may limit the School’s ability to effectively and efficiently respond to the complaint.

The Principal or the DASA Coordinator will lead or supervise the prompt and thorough investigation of all such reports.  If such investigation results in a finding of a violation of the School’s anti-harassment/discrimination/bullying policies, the School will take prompt action, reasonably calculated to end the harassment/discrimination or bullying, eliminate any hostile environment, prevent recurrence of the behavior, and ensure the safety and educational opportunities of the student(s) or staff member(s) against whom such behavior was directed.

The School reserves the right to notify an appropriate law enforcement agency when it is believed that any harassment/discrimination/Bullying constitutes criminal conduct. 

Material incidents of discrimination and harassment will be reported to the State Education Department as required by law.