Dignity for All Students Act
Kerri Canzone-Ball, Ed.D.
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
75 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
The purpose of the City School District of Albany Dignity for All
Students team is to ensure that all students, regardless of gender,
national origin, ethnicity, religions, mental or physical abilities,
gender identity, weight, height, ethnic group, religious practices, and
sexual orientation, are provided an environment free from
discrimination, harassment, bullying and fear, in order to come to
school safely and without impediment to learning from these courses.
students have a right to be in a school environment where they are
treated with respect and dignity. And they are protected by a state law
that prohibits discrimination and harassment by other students or
adults -- either on school property or at a school event.
The law is called
the Dignity for All Students Act. It prohibits
harassment and discrimination of a student based on his or her:
The City School District of Albany takes
very seriously complaints harassment and discrimination. Our
Code of Conduct outlines expected behaviors and the consequences for
bullying, harassment and various forms of discrimination outlined in the
Dignity for All Students Act. Click on the highlighted text to learn
more about the policy and how it works.
In short, the district will swiftly and
thoroughly investigate reports of harassment and discrimination. When
harassment and discrimination occur, the district will take steps to
eliminate the harassment or discrimination and prevent it from happening
Who to tell if it happens
The law requires that every school have
a Dignity Act coordinator who is trained to respond to reports of
harassment or discrimination. If you are student who is a victim of
discrimination or harassment or the parent/guardian of a victim, or if
you have witnessed discrimination and harassment, please
download and complete this form
and contact the
appropriate people listed below.