Dignity for All Students Act

Dignity for All Students Act

The New York State Dignity for All Students Act took effect on July 1, 2012. The goal of the Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against, verbally harassed, or physically assaulted. All public elementary and secondary school students have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, considerate, and caring environment.

The Dignity for All Students Act states:

“No student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students or school property or at a school function, nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex by school employees or students on school property or at a school function.

Our efforts to enforce the Dignity for All Students Act:

“The Jamestown Public School District will enforce the Dignity Act by using the existing rules in our Code of Conduct and our disciplinary consequences. The District will regularly review these documents and revise them as needed.

Harassment Reporting Guidelines

  • If you are reporting student to student harassment, contact a teacher, your principal or counselor.
  • If you are reporting adult to student harassment, contact your principal.
  • If you reporting adult to adult harassment, contact the Title IX Harassment Officer, Karen Peterson, Human Resource

The District’s DASA coordinators are:

  • Michael McElrath, High School Principal
  • Carm Proctor, Phil Cammarata, Melissa Emerson – Middle School Principals
  • Dan Bracey, Walt Samick, Felix Muzza, Renee Hartling, Connie Foster – Elementary School Principal