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Dignity for All Students Act
Welcome to Hutch Tech’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) reporting site.
Please feel confident that each report submitted will receive the attention it
deserves by the entire Hutch Tech Administrative team. We take BULLYING and its
demoralizing effects on our students’ seriously.
This site was constructed by school personnel in the hopes of providing an
avenue for students and their families to make school administration aware of
any acts of bullying that take place on school grounds and/or during school
The Dignity For All Students Act was passed by the New York State Legislature on
September 13, 2010 and required that the act be fully implemented by each
district by July 1, 2013. The law required that school districts and their
buildings provide each student with a safe and supportive environment free from
discrimination, intimidations, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school
property, a school bus, and/or at a school function. At Hutch Tech, we are
committed to the principles and objectives outlined in this law.
What is bullying? As defined by the Dignity For All Students Act, bullying is an
“unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power
imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over
time”. It goes without question that students who feel unsafe and/or
uncomfortable while at school are more likely to find it difficult to learn,
feel isolated from the school community, and fail to reach their academic
potential. It is for this very reason that we have created this site to help
eliminate bully like behavior in our school.
Examples of bullying include, but not limited to:
Name calling, teasing, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and
threatening to cause harm.
Spreading rumors about someone, excluding others on purpose, telling
other students not to be friends with someone, and embarrassing someone
Hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping,
pushing, and taking or breaking someone’s things.
report an incident, please complete the HT Bullying-Harassment Form located on
the left side of this page.
REPORTING (obligation of all school personnel)
It is the obligation of anyone who witnesses an act of harassment at
school to report the act to an Administrator or the DASA Coordinator.
Reports may be made by any member of the school community (student,
parent, teacher, aide, monitor, volunteer, staff member, etc.)
Reports may be made verbally to a student’s teacher, administrator, or
Reports may be submitted in writing, including electronically,
anonymously or by identifying party.
All reports will be investigated.
Reporting system will be made known to all school constituents.
Forms will be available on the school website, in the front office, the
Counseling Suite and in the office of the DASA Coordinator.
Written reports will be submitted to the mailbox of the DASA
Reports will be reviewed by the DASA Coordinator and Student Support
Team within 24 hours of receipt (one school day).
The goal is to end bullying, harassment and intimidation, prevent future
incidents, ensure the safety of the student(s) targeted and obtain prompt,
equitable resolution to a complaint.
Whenever a complaint of bullying is received, whether verbal or written,
it will be subject to a preliminary review and investigation.
The DASA Coordinator shall make all reasonable efforts to resolve
The investigation process will be started and assigned by DASA
Targeted student(s) (victim) will be interviewed by trained personnel
(Administrator, School Counselor, Student Support Staff) using the Hutch
Tech Interview Form.
Accused student(s) (bully) and witnesses will be interviewed by an
Administrator or Student Support Staff member using the Hutch Tech
The forms will be submitted to the DASA Coordinator.
The DASA Coordinator will determine as to whether the complainant needs
any accommodations to ensure his/her safety.
The DASA Coordinator will review all reports.
The Tech Resolution Form will be completed by the DASA Coordinator and
signed by all parties involved, indicating the investigation has taken
The DASA Coordinator will report back to all parties the outcome of the
investigation and the action taken to resolve the complaint.
The DASA Coordinator will impose and document consequences, if charged,
on the Hutch Tech Resolution Form.
In some cases a parent conference will be held.
All plans of support for the bully or victim(s) will be documented on
the HutchTech Resolution Form.
The situation will be informally followed-up a few weeks after the
report will be appropriately documented as per New York State Education
Appropriate consequences may range from a warning to expulsion from school.
Listed below are some consequences that may be imposed.
Referral to Student Support Team
Referral to Counseling Department
Referral to School Resource Officer (police)
Immediate due process and/or expulsion from school
The Buffalo Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), gender identity, sexual orientation (the term "sexual orientation" means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or asexuality ), political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, weight, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the District's non-discrimination policies should be directed to HRCompliance@buffaloschools.org or to:
Jamie Warren, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Civil Rights Compliance Officer
727 City Hall Buffalo, NY 14202 (716) 816-3579