Dignity for All Students Act
The Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act) went into effect on July 1, 2012.
The Dignity Act includes, but is not limited to, protection from acts of discrimination and harassment based on a students race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (defined to include gender identity or expression), or sex.
The law requires schools to:
- Update all school policies to reflect the protections from harassment and discrimination of all enumerated classes of students.
- Designate a Dignity Act Coordinator in each school building.
- Train staff on the impact of harassment and discrimination on students and improving school climate.
- Implement inclusive curriculum that addresses harassment and discrimination particularly on the enumerated classes.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has launched a website guiding schools on implementation. Visit the NYSED website here.
The Dignity Act Taskforce also released a Promising Practices Guide to help schools think broadly about bettering school climate.
Need curriculum resources? GLSEN has many resources that can help in your implementation of the Dignity Act including the new Ready, Set, Respect curriculum for Elementary Schools! Access all of GLSEN's curriculum here
And don't forget to contact us at the GLSEN Hudson Valley Chapter to assist in successfully implementing the Dignity Act in your school!