INTRODUCTION TO THE SAFESPORT CODE FOR THE U.S. OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC MOVEMENT
Effective April 1, 2020
The U.S. Center for SafeSport (Center) is recognized by the United States Congress, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) as the official safe sport organization for all Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Para Pan American sports in the United States. The Center maintains two offices:
- An office for education and outreach (Education & Outreach Office) that develops training, oversight practices, policies, and procedures to prevent the abuse, (including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse) of participants.
- An office for response and resolution (Response & Resolution Office) that establishes mechanisms to report, investigate, and resolve allegations of misconduct in violation of the Code.
II. Administration and Compliance
The Code is administered by the Center. The USOPC, the NGBs, and the Local Affiliated Organizations (LAOs) must comply, in all respects, with these policies and procedures and shall be deemed to have incorporated the provisions into their relevant policies as if they had set them out in full therein.
Participants are responsible for knowing the information outlined herein and, by virtue of being a Participant, have expressly agreed to this Code’s policies and procedures, including those governing arbitration. The Center reserves the right to make changes to the Code as necessary. Once posted online, notice has been provided and changes are effective immediately unless otherwise noted.
The Code applies to Participants, as defined below. To effectuate its mandate to protect those involved in amateur athletics from sexual or other forms of abuse, the Center assesses a Participant’s fitness and eligibility to be involved with amateur athletics. Participation in the private associations making up the Olympic Movement is a privilege, not a right.
Behagen v. Amateur Basketball Ass’n of U.S., 884 F.2d 524 (10th Cir. 1989). (“We hold that the [NGB] is not a governmental actor to whom the due process prohibitions of the Constitution apply.”).