The USBA’s Policy for Athlete Safety - SafeSport
The US Biathlon Association has complied with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s requirement to adopt an athlete safety program that includes the components listed below.
Click here to download the complete USBA SafeSport Policy.
1. Prohibited Conduct
The policy prohibits and defines the following misconduct:
- Harassment (including sexual harassment)
- Emotional Misconduct
- Physical Misconduct
- Sexual Misconduct (including child sexual abuse)
The policy applies to (1) USBA employees; (2) athletes the USBA designates for the USADA required testing pool (RTP); and (3) individuals the USBA formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with athletes.
- Prohibited misconduct shall include, without limitation: Romantic or sexual relationships, which began during the sport relationship, between athletes or other participants and those individuals (i) with direct supervisory or evaluative control, or (ii) are in a position of power and trust over the athlete or other participant. Except in circumstances where no imbalance of power exists, coaches have this direct supervisory or evaluative control and are in a position of power and trust over those athletes or participants they coach.
The prohibition on romantic or sexual relationships does not include those relationships where it can be demonstrated that there is no imbalance of power. For example, this prohibition does not apply to a pre-existing relationship between two spouses or life partners. For factors that may be relevant to determining whether an imbalance of power exists, consult the USOC’s SafeSport Policy – see link below.
- USBA is not required to prohibit misconduct as specifically categorized above. For example, USBA may prohibit sexual harassment as “harassment,” “sexual harassment,” or under some other category or definition.
If the USBA’s relevant athlete safety policies do not to define a particular type of misconduct, the definitions set forth in the USOC’s SafeSport Policies at http://www.teamusa.org/Footer/Legal/Governance-Documents shall apply.
2. Criminal Background Checks
The USBA requires criminal background checks for those individuals it formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with athletes. For purposes of clarification, the USBA is considered to formally authorize, approve or appoint an individual in instances where the USBA has control over the appointment process.
3. Education & Training
The USBA requires education and training concerning the key elements of their safety program for those individuals it formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have frequent contact with athletes. US Biathlon encourages everyone to take SafeSport Training: http://safesport.org/take-the-training/
The USBA has an established procedure for reporting misconduct. Click here to download the reporting form.
- The USBA has a grievance process, which is materially free of bias and conflicts of interest, to address allegations of misconduct following the report or complaint of misconduct, which has not been adjudicated under a criminal background check.
- In cases where the Ted Stevens Act applies, the USBA shall comply with the Act’s requirements.
- The grievance process includes the opportunity for review by a disinterested individual or body.
- These standards may be amended from time to time by vote of the USBA or USOC Board of Directors.
- In implementing this athlete safety program, the USBA guided by the principle that supporting the health and safety of its athletes is a key element of its managerial capabilities.