SORA Safe Sport Manual: SORA - USRowing SafeSport Manual and Policy Guide
As a US Rowing member, SORA follows the Safe Sport guidelines below.
USRowing's mission is to champion participation and the passionate pursuit of excellence in the sport of rowing. The organization seeks to achieve these goals with a commitment to integrity, teamwork, and -- above all -- safety.
The U.S. Congress designated the U.S. Center for SafeSport with the authority to respond to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement by passing the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. This legislation designates the?U.S. Center for SafeSport?to serve as the?independent?national safe sport organization.
USRowing's Safe Sport program is designed to assure athlete safety by promoting and enforcing policies and programs that address: bullying, hazing, harassment (including sexual harassment), emotional misconduct, physical misconduct and sexual misconduct (including child sexual abuse and/or grooming behaviors).?
All USRowing Member Organizations are required to have their own athlete safety program. While the primary focus is to safeguard children, these policies extend to all age groups including masters and college level.
As a condition of membership, USRowing Member Organizations must accept the jurisdictional role of the U.S. Center for SafeSport to investigate and adjudicate any issues of sexual misconduct within their organization.
Safe Sport violations for behaviors other than sexual misconduct should be investigated and handled within each member organization following its internal policies and procedures. After exhausting all remedies afforded by the member organization's policy, issues of misconduct may be brought to USRowing.
Individuals covered by an organizational member's Safe Sport policy should include part- and full-time administrators, board members, trainers, and coaches, as well as volunteers with direct access to athletes. At a minimum, these individuals must complete background checks, receive SafeSport training, and be familiar with internal reporting, investigation and hearing procedures.
To protect athletes and all members of the USRowing community, part- and full-time employees of USRowing, USRowing member organizations, members of the Board of Directors, coaches, referees, volunteers that have direct access to athletes over the course of several days, and vendors with direct access/interactions with athletes are required to undergo criminal background checks.
USRowing has partnered with the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) to provide background checks for all USRowing covered individuals.
Organizational members also may utilize NCSI to bring their organization into compliance. Discounted background checks are available from NCSI for $30 (additional county fees may apply) for all covered individuals. Organizational members can get started by clicking this link.
After registering your organization through the online form, NCSI will contact you directly to finalize the application.
If you have any additional questions, please contact our Safe Sport team at:
Everyone wins when all athletes are safe and supported!