Dignity for All Students Act

  • Complaints of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discrimination may be directed to any school employee.

    Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Compass DASA Coordinator is Mr. Yakawiak. His office is located in Room 115 in the Compass Office. He can be reached by phone at (315) 255-7630 or by email at dyakawiak@cayboces.org.

    • All public elementary and secondary school students are protected.

    • DASA prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students by students and by school personnel. Effective July 01, 2013 the inclusion of bullying and cyberbullying was added to DASA as a prohibited activity. Cyberbullying is bullying through the use of an electronic device.

    • Each school's Code of Conduct must be amended to reflect the prohibition of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discrimination and of students by students or staff in age-appropriate language.

    • Districts must appoint at least one staff member in each school to handle all bullying incidents on school property (including athletic fields, playgrounds, and parking lots), in school buildings, on a school bus/vehicle, as well as at school-sponsored events or activities).

    • Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Compass DASA Coordinator is Mr. Yakawiak. His office is located in Room 115 in the Compass Office. He can be reached by phone at (315) 255-7630 or by email at dyakawiak@cayboces.org

    • Complaints of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discriminations may be directed to any school employee.

    • School employees who witness or receive reports of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discrimination are required to promptly notify the DASA Coordinator not later than one school day after and file a written report not later than two school days after making the oral report.

    • All complaints of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discrimination will be thoroughly and promptly investigated by a Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Administrator.

    • When an investigation reveals verified harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discrimination, prompt actions will be taken to end the harassment, bullying or discrimination. Actions will also be taken to eliminate any hostile environment, create a more positive school culture, prevent any recurrence of the behavior and ensure the safety of the student(s) against whom the harassment was directed.

    • The DASA Coordinator is required to report all incidents of bullying, cyberbullying or bias-based harassment to both the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES District Superintendent and the NYS Department of Education.