Providing a safe environment for its members that is free of misconduct and harassment.
U.S. Figure Skating strives to provide a safe environment for its members that is free of misconduct and harassment. The association will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or misconduct 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 misconduct are unacceptable and in direct conflict with U.S. Figure Skating rules.
The U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe Program addresses the following types of misconduct:
Bullying, threats and harassment
Willfully tolerating misconduct
Questions regarding U.S. Figure Skating’s SkateSafe Program can be directed to SkateSafe@usfigureskating.org
Certain members and volunteers of U.S. Figure Skating must complete various compliance requirements as outlined in U.S. Figure Skating's Rulebook and the U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe Handbook.
U.S. Center for SafeSport: Training and General Information
All individuals, regardless of membership with U.S. Figure Skating, are encouraged to report suspected SkateSafe violations. U.S. Figure Skating Adult Participants are required to report suspected child abuse and/or sexual misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and local law enforcement. There are no fees for filing a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport or U.S. Figure Skating. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving Sexual Misconduct
Safe Sport/Conflict Disciplinary Actions
If a Safe Sport situation regarding bullying occurs, the following steps will be followed.
1st offense: A verbal warning will be given to the offending party/ies by a club official or coach. That person will also send an email to our safe sport chair documenting the incident including date, time and those involved in the incident.
2nd offense: A written warning will be given to the offending party/ies by a club official with coaches & parents of all parties involved present.
3rd offense: Suspension up to club expulsion will be issued with the period to be determined by the board of directors.
The Board of Directors reserves the right to escalate the level of discipline regarding an incident based on the severity of the issue.
It is the expectation that all club members and families of club members will honor the code of conduct they agreed to upon membership renewal of theirr skater/s.
Gossip, slander of other members/families and sharing of sensitive information will not be tolerated and could also result in disciplinary actions.
Established May 26, 2016
Grievance & Conflict Procedures
Most of the time conflict arises, miscommunication is to blame. The FSC of Bloomington Board of Directors is committed to helping with conflict and has created a Grievance Committee/Process to help with conflict and move toward resolution.
The committee resources are available to skaters, coaches, parents and any individual who is in direct contact with club happenings. The committee will be comprised of board members. The committee may also appoint individuals to assist based on a particular situation.
Following US Figure Skating Code of Conduct, all skaters/parents and coaches have agreed and signed a contract each year to be respectful, professional and supportive of all members/families involved with FSC of Bloomington.
Going forward from today, the FSC of Bloomington Board of Directors asks that when a situation arises, the parties involved work together to resolve the problem directly affecting them. Most situations should easily be rectified with good open communication.
A party should not solicit help from another parent, coach or skater unless that person is directly involved in the conflict. Doing so in the past has resulted in continued miscommunication and further harm in rectifying reasonable solutions for all involved and is not the direction nor mission of the FSC of Bloomington Grievance Committee.
If a skater, coach, parent or other party feels they are unable to resolve a conflict, a formal written grievance may be submitted. The Grievance Committee will read the grievance, meet with the parties involved and offer unbiased resolution for all parties involved quickly, with the best interest of the FSC of Bloomington in mind.
Established June 16, 2014