The Lansing Skating Club and U.S. Figure Skating strive to provide a safe environment for its members that is free of abuse and harassment. We 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 Lansing Skating Club adheres to the U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe program. The purpose of the program is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all members free from any abuse or misconduct. To achieve this, LSC requires its members to read and acknowledge the LSC Codes of Conduct, which contains the concepts and policies of SkateSafe. Additionally, each member is expected to follow the SkateSafe Handbook. A copy of the Handbook is below. All required forms contained in the links on this page must be signed and turned in by members wishing to remain in good standing with LSC.
The U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe 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 SkateSafe Compliance Chair, Julie Karkosak at email@example.com or the skater representative, Hannah Miller. Any suspected SkateSafe violation may also be reported directly to U.S. Figure Skating at www.usfigureskating.org/skatesafe. Reports of sexual misconduct or abuse should be made directly to the U.S. Center for SkateSafe.
Complaints received by the skater representative that could involve an area addressed by the SkateSafe program shall be reported promptly to the SkateSafe Chair for review. The SkateSafe Compliance Chair will consult with the Skating Director as appropriate and shall refer all reports of a violation of the SkateSafe 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 SkateSafe 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 SkateSafe Handbook.