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USA ROLLER SPORTS SAFE SPORT POLICY STATEMENTUSA Roller Sports (USARS) is committed to maintaining cooperative work, training and sports environments in which there exists mutual respect for all athletes, coaches, judges and other officials, and for all USARS directors, officers, employees and volunteers. USARS is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for its athletes and participants involved in sport, free of misconduct. Engaging in misconduct, which is contrary to USARS policy of equal employment and sports opportunity without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, race, disability or national or ethnic origin, will not be tolerated within USARS.
For purposes of this Safe Sport Policy (the “Policy”), misconduct is identified as the following six primary types of misconduct:
Other USARS policies, procedures and codes, including, but not limited to, the USARS Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics, may deal with other forms of conduct that are prohibited and that are subject to action by USARS for violation of such policies, procedures and codes.
PROHIBITED CONDUCTIt is a violation of USARS policy for any director, officer, employee, volunteer or member to engage in any form of misconduct as identified by this Policy, including harassment of any kind based on age, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, race, disability, or national or ethnic origin. It is a violation of USARS policy for any such person to engage in any such conduct towards any person participating in any event, training camp or competition conducted or sanctioned by USARS or the Unites States Olympic Committee (USOC). It is also a violation of USARS policy to retaliate against any person for raising an allegation of misconduct or for filing a complaint alleging any such action.
REPORTING, COMPLAINTS, INVESTIGATIONS AND DISCIPLINEEvery person who is subject to this Policy must report violations of this policy and suspicions or allegations of misconduct. Such reports may be made by contacting any of the following: the USARS Executive Director, any USARS officer or director, any Team Captain or Team Manager and, where applicable, appropriate law enforcement authorities.
USARS recognizes that it can be difficult to report an allegation of misconduct and strives to remove as many barriers to reporting as possible. Anonymous reports may be made verbally or in writing.
All alleged violations of this Policy will be submitted to a hearing panel appointed by the USARS Board of Directors for resolution pursuant to the complaint procedures set forth in Article XI of the USARS Bylaws, as well as GR12.00 and GR13.00 of the USARS General Rules (available on the USARS website).
The hearing panel will determine whether a violation of this Policy has occurred and if so what discipline is warranted. Such discipline may include immediate termination of employment, immediate dismissal from a USARS training camp, event or program, or a USARS or USOC sponsored team, being precluded from participating at USARS or USOC sanctioned events or other competitions, and being sent home at such person’s own expense.
FURTHER INFORMATIONFor guidance and questions regarding the USARS Safe Sport Policy please contact the Executive Director of USARS.
USA Roller Sports
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