U.S. Figure Skating provides the following information about the SafeSport program:
U.S. Figure Skating strives to provide a safe environment for its members that is free of abuse and harassment. The association will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or abuse of any of its members including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for a figure skating activity or event conducted under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating. All forms of abuse and harassment are unacceptable and in direct conflict with U.S. Figure Skating rules.
The U.S. Figure Skating SafeSport Program addresses the following types of abuse, harassment, and misconduct:
- Sexual abuse and misconduct
- Physical abuse and misconduct
- Emotional abuse and misconduct
- Bullying, threats, and harassment
- Willfully tolerating misconduct
Anyone experiencing issues with the above listed areas or any of the additional rules established in the codes of conduct may contact the SafeSport Compliance Chair, Julie Karkosak at firstname.lastname@example.org or the skater representative, Hannah Miller. Any suspected SafeSport violation may also be reported directly to U.S. Figure Skating at http://www.usfigureskating.org/SafeSport. Reports of sexual misconduct or abuse should be made directly to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
Complaints received by the skater representative that could involve an area addressed by the SafeSport program shall be reported promptly to the SafeSport Chair for review. The SafeSport Compliance Chair will consult with the Skating Director as appropriate and shall refer all reports of a violation of the SafeSport policies to U.S. Figure Skating.
Both LSC and, if applicable, U.S. Figure Skating will use reasonable efforts to maintain anonymity but cannot guarantee that a report will remain anonymous. Regardless of whether an allegation is proven, LSC and U.S. Figure Skating will support the Claimant(s) and his or her right to express concerns in good faith. Neither LSC nor U.S. Figure Skating will allow or tolerate attempts from any individual to retaliate, punish or in any way harm any individual(s) who report a concern in good faith. Such retaliatory actions against a Claimant may be grounds for disciplinary action.
We all can play a role in preventing abuse and reducing misconduct in sport. The U.S. Figure Skating SafeSport Program provides resources for all members to identify abuse and misconduct, steps that can be taken to reduce it, and procedures to respond to it.
CLICK HERE for more information and access to the SafeSport Handbook.
Please feel free to bring any grievances regarding the above issues, as well as any unsportsmanlike conduct to any of the committee chairs so that the Skating Director may address them.