The mission of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) is to empower Team USA Athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence and well-being. The USOPC’s Office of Athlete Safety is committed to this mission and strives to transform the culture of sport by promoting healthy environments free of misconduct and abuse as well as ensure effective and prompt action and resolution upon the occurrence of misconduct and/or abuse.
How To Report A Concern
The USOPC recognizes it can be difficult to report an allegation of misconduct and strives to remove barriers to reporting. Reporting is free and can be filed online or by phone, and reports can be made anonymously. In case of an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- Report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, opens in a new tab
The U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) accepts all reports of sexual abuse and child abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Report to the Center if you have reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct or harassment, child abuse (including child sexual abuse), or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including but not limited to bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment) within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be reported directly to your sport’s National Governing Body (NGB). If you would like to call the Center to report a concern, please call 833-5US-SAFE(587-7233).
- Report to the USOPC, opens in a new tab
Report to the USOPC if you are aware of or have experienced emotional abuse, physical abuse, a violation of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP), or have any security concerns. The USOPC will refer allegations of sexual misconduct and child abuse to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Allegations of child abuse will also be reported to law enforcement. The USOPC will refer allegations of emotional or physical abuse or violations of the MAAPP that do not fall under its jurisdiction to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and/or the appropriate National Governing Body. To report to the USOPC over the phone, please call 719-866-3869.
- Visit ChildWelfare.Gov, opens in a new tab
If you suspect child abuse is occurring, which includes emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of a minor (under the age of 18) you must report to law enforcement immediately. Additionally, if any of the individuals are involved in the Olympic & Paralympic Movement, a report must also be filed with the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Keep in mind filing a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport does not satisfy the requirement of reporting to local law enforcement.
USOPC Athlete Safety Policies
Athlete Safety Policy
The USOPC Athlete Safety Policy applies to USOPC Participants (as defined in Section 2 of the policy). The policy includes mandatory reporting and training and education requirements, defines Prohibited Conduct, and outlines the USOPC’s Response and Resolution Policy for allegations of Prohibited Conduct that fall under the jurisdiction of the USOPC. Of note in the policy are the following sections related to response and resolution:
- Section 3.2: Prohibition on Interference
- Section 5: Definitions of Prohibited Conduct to include Retaliation
- Section 6: Mandatory Reporting requirements
- Section 7: Outlines Intake, Investigations, and Initial Resolution Proceedings to include referrals of reports to the Center and the NGBs, jurisdictional notifications to reporting parties, response to requests from the Center, and response and resolution of allegations of Prohibited Conduct.
- Sections 8 - 12: Includes policy on Temporary Measures, Sanctions, Hearings, and loss of benefits due to Temporary Measures or Sanctions.
USOPC Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP)
The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) is a collection of prevention and training policies that bind adult Participants and organizations in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The USOPC strictly adheres to the MAAPP, which establishes clear requirements for interactions between adult Participants and Minor Athletes. All one-on-one interactions between adult Participants and Minor Athletes must be observable and interruptible.
New USOPC Policy: Supporting Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment
We are proud to continue our commitment to supporting and enhancing the experience of all athletes through the implementation of the Supporting Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment Policy. The policy aims to support II Athletes who train or live at an Olympic & Paralympic Training Center, participate in an Internally Managed Sport Activity, or compete at a Delegation Event (including the Paralympic Games or Parapan American Games) through the creation of Athlete Participation Plans tailored to each athlete’s individual needs.
- Section 4 outlines athlete safety requirements to include preventative policies for one-on-one interactions with II Athletes and mandatory reporting requirements.
- If an II Athlete is under 18 years old, the USOPC MAAPP supersedes this policy.
- USOPC Adult Participants are mandatory reporters under this policy. If you learn of or reasonably suspect an II Athlete is or has been subjected to any criminal act, including abuse and/or neglect, you must report to Law Enforcement within 24 hours. You must also comply with the reporting requirements contained in Section 6 of the USOPC Athlete Safety Policy.
Eligibility Actions List
The USOPC maintains an eligibility actions list of USOPC Participants that are either subject to certain temporary restrictions issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) pending investigation, or have been suspended (temporarily or otherwise) deemed ineligible by the Center or the USOPC.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport's Centralized Disciplinary Database is a resource designed to keep the public informed when individuals connected with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Movement are either subject to certain temporary restrictions pending investigation by the Center or are subject to certain sanctions after an investigation found them in violation of the SafeSport Code.
U.S. Center for SafeSport Resources
U.S. Center for SafeSportVisit Website, opens in a new tab
The U.S. Center for SafeSport (the Center) is an independent nonprofit organization responsible for responding to and preventing emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct and abuse in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The Center also serves as an educational resource for sports organizations at all levels, from recreational sports organizations to professional leagues.
SafeSport HelplineLearn More, opens in a new tab
The SafeSport Helpline offers a 24/7 helpline with access via phone, online chat, or mobile app. Through this service, support specialists provide live, confidential, one-on-one support. All services are anonymous, secure, and available 24/7.
Resource & Process AdvisorsResource & Process Advisors, opens in a new tab
The U.S. Center for SafeSport provides Resource & Process Advisors who can answer questions by phone or email from a neutral perspective on rights and responsibilities of Claimants, Respondents, and third parties throughout the Response & Resolution process. Additionally, they can connect individuals with mental health, legal, or other support resources.
SafeSport CodeRead the Code, opens in a new tab
The SafeSport Code establishes consistent standards of response and resolution to abuse and misconduct claims across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, whose affiliated individuals must comply with policies and procedures as defined by the Code.