If you are currently involved with a Response and Resolution process or considering beginning one, we offer reliable resources to help you. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has several rules, policies and procedures to keep you informed and educated.
The Center’s authority derives from the bylaws of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the individual National Governing Bodies (NGBs) who have all agreed to be subject to the Center’s jurisdiction and processes. In addition, in 2018, Congress passed The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 which mandates that the USOPC eliminate abuse and recognizes the Center’s jurisdiction and authority to fulfill this mission.
Yes. The Center’s independence comes from its bylaws, board of directors and governance. The Center is also responsible for independent, regular and random audits of all NGBs and the USOPC.
The Center responds to and resolves all allegations of sexual misconduct within the USOPC and sets training requirements and abuse-prevention policies for NGBs that oversee individual sports.
Each NGB has its own safe sport program, through which the NGBs enforce the Center’s policies, requirements, and any sanctions imposed after investigation. The NGBs’ safe sport programs have their own mechanisms and designated offices to investigate and resolve allegations of physical and emotional misconduct.
Congress, the USOPC, 50 NGBs, foundations and individual donors fund the Center. It also generates revenue from its fee-for-service model for educating and training sport organizations outside of the USOPC.
The Code establishes the policies and process for the Center’s Response & Resolution Office, provides the rules and procedures for the investigation and resolution of reported incidents, and defines the various forms of prohibited conduct for Participants, including the various forms of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse.
The Code applies to all individuals who participate in sport within the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The SafeSport Code defines these individuals as “Participants.” This includes a wide range of individuals who participant in sport in various capacities, including members, license holders, or employees of a National Governing Body (NGB) or its Local Affiliated Organizations (LAO), as well as volunteers, trainers, coaches, athletes, or contracted individuals who have been “authorized, approved, or appointed by an NGB, LAO, or the USOPC to have regular contact with or authority over Minor Athletes.” Participants also include those who are otherwise considered to be “within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of an NGB, LAO, or the USOPC.” More information regarding the specific types of individuals who fall within an NGB’s jurisdiction can be found on the relevant NGB’s website.
No. At this time, the Center’s authority only extends to the USOPC.
Response and Resolution
The Center undertakes a preliminary inquiry to assess whether the report is within Center jurisdiction, and whether there is reason to believe a SafeSport Code violation may have occurred. If the answer to both questions is “yes,” the Center initiates an investigation.
Within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the Center has exclusive jurisdiction to investigate and resolve reports of:
- Sexual Misconduct, including without limitation child sexual abuse and any misconduct that is reasonably related to an underlying allegation of Sexual Misconduct
- Criminal Charges or Dispositions involving Child Abuse or Sexual Misconduct
- Misconduct Related to Reporting, where the underlying allegation involves Child Abuse or Sexual Misconduct;
- Aiding and Abetting, when it relates to the Center’s process
- Misconduct Related to the Center’s Process
- Other Inappropriate Conduct, as defined herein
Anyone may report abuse or misconduct to the Center.
The Center specifically investigates reports of abuse or misconduct affecting individuals in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement at national, regional, and local levels. This includes members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, its national governing bodies (NGBs), and their local and regional affiliates.
The Center does not have authority over non-Movement leagues (such as the NFL or NASCAR), associations (such as the NCAA or AAU), or non-Olympic/Paralympic sports (such as cheer & dance). To report abuse involving non-Movement sports or organizations, contact a relevant liaison at that institution or local law enforcement.
No. Reports may be made based on abuse and misconduct alleged to occur at any time in the past. This differs from criminal investigation standards, in which statutes of limitations may apply.
Yes. All Center employees must report known or suspected child abuse (including child sexual abuse) or neglect to appropriate authorities.
Report first to your local law enforcement—if you are a mandatory reporter, this is required by law—then to the Center. You must make separate reports to both entities, though be aware that the Center often collaborates directly with law enforcement on report investigations.
This page outlines the Center’s response and resolution of abuse and misconduct reports. As the process follows rules articulated in the SafeSport Code, detailed answers to many questions are found in the Code itself. Contact the Center’s Resource & Process Advisor at 720-531-9024 with additional questions.
The “preponderance of evidence” standard, which is met when it is more likely than not that a claim is true. This differs from the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard used in criminal law.
To protect the integrity of the process and the confidentiality of affected individuals, the Center generally does not communicate publicly on the status or outcome of investigations. The Center communicates directly with Claimants and Respondents at important milestones in the investigative process. If the Center enacts a temporary measure or sanction that affects a Respondent’s eligibility to participate in sport, it can be found in the Centralized Disciplinary Database.
Public disclosure of investigation-related information is inconsistent with best practices and can jeopardize the Center’s ability to protect affected individuals. Final decisions are always shared with the Claimant(s), Respondent, and relevant NGB.
RESOLUTION AND ENFORCEMENT
A Respondent may challenge a Center finding of a SafeSport Code violation or related sanction by requesting a hearing administered by independent neutral arbitrators. A video outlining Center arbitrations and process parameters can be viewed at this page. Further process detail is articulated in section XIV of the SafeSport Code.
The relevant NGB, and the USOPC, must ensure enforcement of any temporary measure or sanction issued by the Center.
Education and Training
The Center offers a variety of tailored for adults and minor athletes, and covers topics such as mandatory reporting, sexual misconduct awareness education, emotional and physical misconduct, and abuse prevention. More information is available here.
For individuals affiliated with a national sport governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, training is available through their membership with the NGB. Individuals and organizations outside of those sports can take the SafeSport Trained course to learn how to recognize, prevent and respond to all forms of abuse.
The Center also provides free resources for parents, coaches and athletes of all levels including minor athlete training (with parental consent). Link to Training services Page.
The Center’s online training is currently available to U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee NGBs at safesport.org. Please contact the National Governing Body for your sport to obtain an access code directly from your organization.
Audit and Compliance
This authority is granted by federal law (36 U.S. Code §220541).
Over the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and affiliated national governing bodies (NGBs).
The Center conducts two types of regular and random audits: Administrative Audits and Event Audits.
The Center’s Audit Team conducts at least one audit of each NGB and the USOPC annually.
The Center sends applicable audit standards to NGBs and the USOPC each year. The Center will incorporate these audit standards into a U.S. Center for SafeSport Audit Manual it will publish in early 2022 and update each year thereafter.
Beginning with audits conducted during 2021, final audit reports can be found here.
The Center would then require the NGB to implement corrective measures (to be approved by the Center’s audit team) by a specified deadline.
The Center has the authority to impose further requirements or penalties, which are outlined here.
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Memberships are handled by each organization. Please contact the organization you are a member of to resolve the issue.
If you cannot download or print your certificate, please take the following steps:
- Submit a request to the SafeSport Help Desk; and
- Take a screen shot of your completed training for your records and submit the screen shot directly to your national governing body.
Access codes are provided by each organization. Please contact the organization you are a member of to obtain an access code.
Please contact the National Governing Body for your sport. They are responsible for informing their Participants of ongoing training requirements. As a general rule, training completed on the previous system in 2017, prior to the new system launch, will be valid for one year.
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It is recommended that you access this site and online training materials using a broadband Internet connection. If you have a slower connection, all the content is still accessible but may take a bit longer to load.
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In some cases issues you experience can be resolved by clearing your web browser’s cache. Since there are many types of web browsers on many devices, this link covers how to clear your cache on most of them.
Once you’ve successfully completed an activity, you can download your certificate at any time by following these steps:
- Sign into your account using your email address and password. If you do not remember your password, you can click the “Forgot Password” link on the Sign In page to retrieve it.
- From the menu, click on your name and select “Your Activities”.
- Any activity you have completed will have a “Download Certificate” button.
- Click this button to begin downloading your certificate. Please note that it may take a moment for the certificate to fully download.
Activities do not have to be completed all at once. Here are the steps to resume where you left off:
- Sign in using your email address and password.
- Select “Your Activities” from the main menu.
- From the list of activities click the training you would like to resume.
If you do not remember your password, click on the “Forgot Password” link on the Sign-In page. You will be prompted to enter the email address associated with your account. Next you will receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password.
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- In Safari set “Prevent Cross-Site Tracking” to disabled.
- In Firefox set “Tracking Protection” to “Only in private windows”.
- In Google Chrome set “Send a Do Not Track request with your browsing traffic” to disabled.
- In Internet Explorer set “Access data sources across domains” to enabled.
Once you do this you may need to refresh the page for the change to take effect.
Supported browsers include:
- Chrome 48+
- Firefox 44+
- Internet Explorer/Edge 11+
- Opera 34+
- Safari 7+
Supported tablets and mobile devices include:
- iOS 8+
- Android 4.4+
- Windows Phone 8.1+
If you still have a question after you have reviewed the FAQs, please contact the SafeSport Help Desk directly at [email protected] or +1 (720) 676-6417. The Help Desk hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST. We will do our best to get your questions answered as soon as possible.
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