Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

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, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying 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. The Dignity for All Students Act reporting form can be found here. Questar III principals have been designated  “Dignity Act Coordinators” for their buildings or programs. Parents and students also may contact their Dignity Act Coordinator to report incidents. Parents and students may file a DASA Incident form with the Dignity Act Coordinator for the student’s school.  The list of Dignity Act Coordinators is below.

Harassment, discrimination, bullying and cyberbullying 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.
  • Social Media – Using Social Media to taunt, threaten, spread rumors, embarrass.




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 
Mark Nizer, Principal
341 West Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414
T: (518) 719-1440
F: (518) 719-1538

Columbia-Greene Educational Center and New Visions
William Wood, 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 and New Visions
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

The Academy at Rensselaer Educational Center
Robin Sobol Transition Academy
Questar classes at Columbia High School
Chris Martel, Principal
35 Colleen Road
Troy, NY 12180
T: (518) 273-4264
F: (518) 273-4129

George Washington School
Danielle Remillard, Principal
344 Menemsha Lane
Troy, NY 12180
T: (518) 283-5752
F: (518) 283-5621

Paul Puccio School at Maple Hill
Meghan Platt, Principal
1477 S. Schodack Road
Castleton, NY 12033
T: (518) 479-6999
F: (518) 732-7736

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