SafeSport Response and Resolution Policy (effective Jan. 1, 2023)

Response and Resolution Office
What You Need to Know

In March 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport will begin investigating and resolving alleged policy violations of the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement's 47 member National Governing Bodies,
including USA Weightlifting. The Center will have jurisdiction over covered individuals, which are persons:
• Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Weightlifting
• USA Weightlifting or the USOC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes
• Identified by USA Weightlifting as being within the Center's jurisdiction

All individuals, regardless of membership with USA Weightlifting, are encouraged to report suspected violations of the SafeSport Code.
Individuals should report directly to the Center. Report a SafeSport Concern or call  833-5US-SAFE. 

Reporting Requirements for Covered Individuals
Covered individuals who are over the age of 18 are required to report suspected SafeSport Code violations related to or accompanying sexual misconduct.
Covered individuals who fail to report SafeSport Code violations may be subject to disciplinary action.

Although the Center cannot guarantee confidentiality, it will, to the greatest extent possible, maintain the privacy of all individuals involved in the
investigation and resolution of alleged SafeSport Code violations.

Anonymous Reporting
Anonymous reporting is permitted.

Legally Mandated Reporting
Reporting alleged criminal conduct to USA Weightlifting or the Center will not satisfy any individual mandatory reporting requirements under state or federal law. Visit to view state-by-state mandatory reporting laws to determine your reporting obligations and options.

In response to a report of an alleged SafeSport Code violation, the Center may:
•Initiate an informal resolution
• Move directly to a full investigation
• Conclude the alleged violation is out of scope and refer the matter to USA Weightlifting or the U.S. Olympic Committee to determine if a rules violation has occurred

Informal Resoultion
The Center may conduct an informal resolution to collect preliminary facts to determine if the matter should be resolved informally, investigated further or not investigated at this time.

Full Investigation
Should the Center decide to pursue a full investigation, involved parties will have the opportunity to present supporting evidence and provide contact information for potential witnesses. After reviewing the evidence in the case and interviewing relevant witnesses, an investigator will prepare a written report detailing:
• The facts of the case based on the available evidence
• Whether or not, based on a preponderance of the evidence, the investigator believes a violation of the SafeSport Code has occurred
• Recommended sanctions, if any

The Center's director of investigations will issue a decision based on the available evidence. If the director determines the individual in question has violated the SafeSport Code, he or she may seek arbitration.

The Disciplinary Process
The disciplinary process is designed to protect all USA Weightlifting athletes, members and participants from future misconduct. With this in mind, all recommended sanctions will be reasonable and proportionate to the violation committed and will emphasize education to ensure that minor misconduct does not escalate into a major violation.

In response to the Center's determination that a SafeSport Code violation has occurred, USA Weightlifting will impose any sanctions recommended by the Center, including eligibility or participation restrictions.

Implementation Across the Olympic and Paralympic Movement Participation restrictions imposed by USA Weightlifting will be upheld across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

Learn more at 

Report a SafeSport Concern or call  833-5US-SAFE.