Dignity for All Students Act

Effective as of July 1, 2012, New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act) seeks to provide school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying.

It is the goal of Questar III to create school environments which recognize and promote tolerance, respect for others and civility toward people of all kinds. Questar III BOCES’ Code of Conduct also prohibits discrimination and harassment of students by other students, employees, or others on school property or at school functions.

Students are expected to report incidents of discrimination, harassment and bullying to a teacher, principal or other staff member.   Questar III staff members are required to report incidents – whether directly observed or reported to them by others – to the principal.   Questar III principals have been designated  “ Dignity Act Coordinator” for their building or program.  Parents and students also may contact their Coordinator to report incidents (see below).

Harassment and discrimination can take many forms.  It may take the form of bullying, taunting or intimidation, and may or may not include physical contact.  It generally is based upon the targeted student’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation, or the student’s associations with others.  It may be: 

  • Verbal -- Name-calling, teasing, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, threatening to cause harm.
  • Social -- Spreading rumors about someone, excluding others on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, embarrassing someone in public.
  • Physical -- Hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things, making mean or rude hand gestures.

Resources

Questar III BOCES Dignity Act Coordinators
The principal of each Questar III BOCES school serves as their school’s Dignity Act Coordinator. A list of coordinators can be found below.  Coordinators provide the State Education Department with an annual summary of all material incidents of discrimination and/or harassment which occur on school property (including on a school bus) or at a school function.

Catskill Academy 
Heather Lansing
, Principal
C/O Catskill CSD
341 West Main Street 
Catskill, NY 12414 
T: (518) 719-1440 
F: (518) 719-1538

Columbia-Greene Educational Center
Jake Stomieroski, Principal
131 Union Turnpike
Hudson, NY 12534
T: (518) 828-4157
F: (518) 828-0084

Rensselaer Academy
Andrew Pemrick, Principal

25 Van Rensselaer Drive
Rensselaer, NY 12144
T: (518) 396-3520
F: (518) 432-0346

Rensselaer Educational Center
Anthony DeFazio, Principal
35 Colleen Road
Troy, NY 12180
T: (518) 273-2264
F: (518) 273-4129

Sackett Educational Center
Karen Brockley
, Principal
200 Schuurman Road
Castleton, NY 12033
T: (518) 479-3520
F: (518) 479-3651

On May 8, 2013 the New York State Education Department amended the regulations implementing the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). Click here to view the changes.