GREAT MIAMI ROWING CENTER (GMRC) SUPPORTS USROWING’S SAFESPORT STANDARDS
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
In the event that any member or volunteer observes inappropriate behaviors (i.e., policy violations), suspected physical or sexual abuse, or misconduct, it is the personal responsibility of each member and volunteer to immediately report his or her observations to a GMRC board member.
Members and volunteers should not attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of the misconduct. Complaints and allegations will be addressed by the GMRC board. GMRC recognizes that the process for training and motivating athletes will vary with each coach and athlete, but it is nevertheless important for everyone involved in sport to support the use of motivational and training methods that avoid misconduct.
Coaches, contractors, volunteers, and athletes shall refrain from all forms of misconduct, which include:
Exception: Physical or emotional misconduct does not include professionally-accepted coaching methods of skill enhancement, physical conditioning, team building, discipline or improving athletic performance.
WILLFULLY TOLERATING MISCONDUCT
It is a violation of this Athlete Protection Policy if any member, coach, contractor, or volunteer knows of misconduct, but takes no action to intervene on behalf of the athlete(s), member, coach or volunteer.
Coaches, volunteers and athletes of GMRC shall follow the reporting procedures set forth in the reporting procedures. GMRC does not investigate suspicions or allegations of abuse, or attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of such allegations, as a condition of reporting suspicions or allegations to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Violations of the Athlete Protection Policy shall be reported pursuant to our Reporting Procedures and will be addressed under our Disciplinary Rules and Procedure.
To Whom to Report
Members, contractors and volunteers may report to:
How to Report
GMRC will take a report in the way that is most comfortable for the person initiating a report including an anonymous, in-person, verbal or written report. Regardless of how you choose to report, it is helpful to GMRC for individuals to provide, at a minimum, (1) the name of the complainant(s); (2) the type of misconduct alleged and the name(s) of the individual(s) alleged to have committed the misconduct.
Regardless of outcome, GMRC will support the complainant(s) and his or her right to express concerns in good faith. GMRC will not encourage, allow or tolerate attempts from any individual to retaliate, punish, allow or in any way harm any individual(s) who reports a concern in good faith. Such actions against a complainant will be considered a violation of our guidelines and grounds for disciplinary action.
A report of abuse, misconduct or policy violations that is malicious, frivolous or made in bad faith is prohibited. Such reports will be considered a violation of our guidelines and grounds for disciplinary action. Depending on the nature of the allegation, a person making a malicious, frivolous or bad-faith report may also be subject to civil or criminal proceedings.
HOW REPORTS ARE HANDLED
Notification- Following GMRCs notice of a credible allegation that results in the removal of a coach, member, contractor, or other volunteer, GMRC may consider the circumstances in which it will notify other athletes with whom the accused individual may have had contact. At GMRC’s discretion, as appropriate, and after consultation with counsel, GMRC may notify its coaches, contractors, volunteers, and/or athletes of any allegation of abuse or other criminal behavior that (1) law enforcement authorities are actively investigating; or (2) that GMRC is investigating internally. Advising others of an allegation may lead to additional reports of abuse and other misconduct.
Disciplinary Rules and Procedure- While GMRC endeavors to provide support and guidance to participants on a day-to-day basis, it is also important for GMRC to have a formal procedure for disciplinary action to address alleged violations of its policies and other inappropriate behaviors.
Please use the following reporting form and submit to the current officers of Great Miami Rowing Center by:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: GMRC does not investigate suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse or attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of such allegations as a condition for reporting to appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Effective January 1, 2022, participants 18 years of age or older are now required to take SafeSport training. This means:
If you are unsure if you have an account or not, follow the instructions for members that currently have a training account. Test any possible email addresses you may have used. If the system cannot verify an account exists, follow the steps for members that do not have a training account.
The SafeSport site will ask for the individual’s USRowing number – if you do not remember your member number, use the member number lookup or click here https://membership.usrowing.org/individual/join to find your member number. If you are still having trouble, contact USRowing at (609) 751-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you are only a Basic Member (which is required to complete the US Rowing online waiver for your GMRC membership) you will have been issued a USRowing number.
Please note, if you are 18 years of age or older, you will be required to take the SafeSport Core Training or a Refresher Course prior to participation. Training must be completed annually.
Coach employment screening with GMRC includes an application, interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks. Each applicant has an affirmative duty to disclose his or her criminal history. Failing to disclose or intentionally misrepresenting an arrest plea or conviction history in an application or any other information provided by the applicant during the screening process is grounds for non-employment, or revocation or restriction of employment, regardless of when the offense is discovered.
Information that could disqualify an applicant includes, but is not limited to, arrests, pleas of no contest and criminal convictions—especially if the underlying criminal behavior involved sex or violence. No decision will be made on an individual’s eligibility for work if they have a pending court case for any of the potentially disqualifying offenses until the pending case concludes.
Each applicant has the affirmative duty to fully disclose his or her criminal history. Failing to disclose or intentionally misrepresenting an arrest plea or conviction history in an application or any other information provided by an applicant during the screening process is grounds for revocation or restriction of employment, volunteer duties and/or GMRC membership, regardless of when the offense is discovered.
Any applicant who has been banned from another sports organization or educational institution, temporarily or permanently, must disclose this information. Failure to disclose is a basis for disqualification from employment with GMRC.
Criminal Background Checks
All GMRC coaches are required to submit a background check with the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) and show clearance on their record every 2 years prior to beginning their coaching responsibilities.
● To complete the background check, contact email@example.com for information.
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