Reporting Misconduct
There are six categories of misconduct listed in the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy: Sexual Misconduct; Physical Misconduct; Verbal/Emotional Misconduct; Bullying; Hazing; and Harassment. Below are the definitions of each and the reporting and notification requirements.

USA Gymnastics’ Safe Sport Policy dictates that Covered Individuals “shall refrain from engaging in or willfully tolerating any of the forms of misconduct and prohibited conduct described in the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy.” That means we all have a requirement and responsibility to report misconduct should we suspect or become aware of it.

If someone is in immediate or current danger, call 9-1-1.

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Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct offenses include: (a) sexual conduct (or attempts to commit the same) without consent; sexual conduct (or attempts to commit the same) where there is a power imbalance, regardless of purported consent; (c) sexual harassment; (d) an intimate relationship involving a person in a position of power where a power imbalance exists.

Regardless of any purported consent, sexual misconduct offenses involving a minor include: (a) sexual conduct (or attempts to commit the same) between a covered adult and minor where the age difference is three or more years; (b) sexual conduct (or attempts to commit the same) between a covered adult and minor where the age difference is less than three years, but a power imbalance exists; (c) an intimate relationship (or attempt to establish the same) between a covered adult and minor where the age difference is less than three years, but a power imbalance exists (d) sexual conduct between a covered minor and another minor if the age difference is three or more years or there is a power imbalance.

Reporting/Notification Requirements
  1. Report a disclosure, discovery or reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct to local law enforcement (where the incident occurred) and to the local child protective services office, even if you are not a mandated reporter in your state.
  2. Notify the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which has exclusive jurisdiction over sexual misconduct allegations.
    1. Telephone: 720-524-5640
    2. Online (24 hours/day, 7 days/week): www.SafeSport.org
    3. Mail:
        U.S. Center for SafeSport
        c/o Response and Resolution Office
        1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite A-706
        Denver, CO 80222
NOTIFYING THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT OR USA GYMNASTICS DOES NOT SATISFY ALL LEGAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS UNDER STATE OR FEDERAL LAW.

Physical Misconduct
Any contact or non-contact conduct that causes or reasonably threatens to cause physical harm to another person.

Reporting/Notification Requirements
  1. Report a disclosure, discovery or suspicion of physical misconduct to local law enforcement (where the incident occurred) and to the local child protective services office, even if you are not a mandated reporter in your state.
  2. Notify USA Gymnastics
    1. Telephone: 317-237-5050
    2. Email: safesport@usagym.org
    3. Mail:
        USA Gymnastics
        Attention: Safe Sport
        130 E. Washington Street., Suite 700
        Indianapolis, IN 46204
NOTIFYING THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT OR USA GYMNASTICS DOES NOT SATISFY ALL LEGAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS UNDER STATE OR FEDERAL LAW.

Other Forms of Misconduct
Emotional/Verbal Misconduct
Repeated and/or severe non-contact behavior involving (a) Verbal Acts, (b) Physical Acts and/or (c) Acts that Deny Attention or Support. Emotional Misconduct is determined by the objective behaviors, not whether harm is intended or results from the behavior.

USA Gymnastics recognizes the process for training and motivating gymnasts varies with each coach and each gymnast. Nevertheless, it is incumbent on everyone involved in the sport to support the development and use of motivational training methods that avoid conduct that is, or is likely to be perceived as being, abuse.

Bullying
Repeated and/or severe (a) aggressive behavior (b) among minors, (c) that is intended or likely to hurt, control or diminish another person emotionally, physically or sexually.

Hazing
Any conduct that subjects another person, whether physically, mentally, emotionally or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, humiliate, degrade or intimidate the person as a condition of joining or being socially accepted by a group, team or organization. Purported consent by the person subject to hazing is not a defense, regardless of the person’s perceived willingness to cooperate or participate.

Harassment
Repeated and/or severe conduct that (a) causes fear, humiliation or annoyance, (b) offends or degrades, (c) creates a hostile environment, or (d) reflects discriminatory bias in an attempt to establish dominance, superiority or power over an individual athlete or group based on age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, national origin, or mental or physical disability; or (e) any act or conduct described as harassment under federal or state law.

Reporting/Notification Requirements for Verbal/Emotional Misconduct, Bullying, Hazing and Harassment
  1. Report to local law enforcement, if a law has been broken.
  2. Notify USA Gymnastics
    1. Telephone: 317-237-5050
    2. Email: safesport@usagym.org
    3. Mail:
        USA Gymnastics
        Attention: Safe Sport
        130 E. Washington Street., Suite 700
        Indianapolis, IN 46204

Proactive Policies Violation
USA Gymnastics’ Proactive Policies, which are found in Section [D] of the Safe Sport Policy, outline prohibited behaviors by covered individuals. If you see a violation of the Proactive Policies, you are required to report such conduct by the following process:
  1. Directly to the Member Club.
  2. Member Clubs are required to inform USA Gymnastics when they receive notification of suspected violations of Proactive Policies by Covered Individuals in their clubs and the resolution of the matter.
  3. If reporting a suspected violation by a Covered Individual to the Member Club does not result in a satisfactory resolution, the reporting individual may request that USA Gymnastics review the matter.
  4. Notification to USA Gymnastics DOES NOT satisfy any legal reporting requirements under state or federal law. If the suspected conduct may also be criminal, Covered Adults are required to report to legal authorities.