The goal of the Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally and/or physically harassed. All public elementary and secondary school students have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, considerate, and caring environment.

    The Dignity Act takes effect on July 1, 2012.

    The New York State Dignity For All Students Act (Dignity Act) was signed

    into law on September 13, 2010. This legislation amended State Education

    Law by creating a new Article 2 Dignity for All Students.

    The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment

    or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a

    school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight,

    national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual

    orientation, gender, or sex.

    To learn more about the Dignity for All Students Act,
    visit: www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact