Should I Care About DASA? And Why?

Eddie S.

A Bully Free Zone sign – School in Berea, Ohio. From Wikimedia Commons (

The Dignity for All Students Act, we’ve all heard of it. “It’s a program that was designed to help students with the issue of bullying,” students would say but most of them couldn’t give me much more than that. People can’t use what they aren’t familiar with and the DASA program is still relatively new. After every school meeting, every packet, every trip to the office, students are still confused. It’s sad, really, with all the potential it has students are unable to use it.

 So take away all the lectures and papers and bring it to the basics, the stuff the students need to know. The DASA program hopes to involve students and witnesses in the reporting of bullying. The DASA report itself is a much easier way for students to report a situation of bullying or harassment. It is nothing more, nothing less and the students who expect it to be a cure-all are asking way too much.

For some the DASA form is a much better way than some trip to the office. You fill out a form with as much information you have and you’re sure to see results in 2-4 days. In rare cases it’s been used to report crimes; in those cases things were handled much differently.

Most students either don’t know enough about the program or don’t approve of it. There is a large number who are turned off by the report papers alone. Filling out the entire paper takes an investment of time and thought. In the time between getting the information and waiting for results a bully would have plenty of time to make some damage.

The best way to think of DASA is an addition to the already existing program. Students don’t necessarily have to use it but in a few cases it may help. If the program was advertised as such then maybe students would be more likely to use it.The report can be found here if you’re curious.