Northwestern State University SafeSport Policy



As part of the Northwestern State University Rowing team, we are committed to creating a positive and safe training environment on and off the water for all of our rowers. This document will layout and describe our SafeSport policy.


As part of our commitment, the NSU rowing team, in accordance with USRowing and TEAM USA, strictly prohibits and has a zero tolerance policy for bulling and harassment in any form as well as hazing, emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct. The definitions of such actions are described as follows:


            1. Misconduct - Conduct that results in harm, the potential for harm or the imminent threat of harm. Age is irrelevant to misconduct. There are six primary           types of misconduct in sport: emotional, physical and sexual misconduct,           bullying, harassment and hazing.


            2. Bullying - Bullying is an intentional, persistent and repeated pattern of   committing or willfully tolerating physical and non-physical behavior that is             intended, or has the reasonable potential, to cause fear, humiliation or physical    harm in an attempt to socially exclude, diminish or isolate the targeted athlete(s)             as a condition of membership. It includes any act or conduct described as bullying             under federal or state law.


            3. Harassment - Harassment is a repeated pattern of physical and/or non-physical   behavior intended to cause fear, humiliation or annoyance, offend or degrade, create a hostile environment; or reflect discriminatory bias in an attempt to    establish dominance, superiority or power over an individual athlete or group   based on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender           expression or mental or physical disability. It includes any act or conduct described as harassment under federal or state law.


            4. Hazing - Hazing involves coercing, requiring, forcing or willfully tolerating        any humiliating, unwelcome or dangerous activity that serves as a condition for        joining a group or being socially accepted by a group’s members. It includes any           act or conduct described as hazing under federal or state law. Activities that fit the   definition of hazing are considered to be hazing regardless of an athlete’s   willingness to cooperate or participate.


            5. Emotional Misconduct - Emotional misconduct involves a pattern of deliberate,             noncontact behavior that has the potential to cause emotional or psychological harm to an athlete. Non-contact behavior includes verbal and physical acts, as   well as actions that deny attention or support. It also includes any act or conduct           (e.g., child abuse and child neglect) described as emotional abuse or misconduct    under federal or state law.


            6. Physical Misconduct - Physical misconduct involves contact or non-contact        behavior that can cause physical harm to an athlete or other sport participants. It         also includes any act or conduct described as physical abuse or misconduct under           federal or state law (e.g., child abuse, child neglect and assault).


            7. Sexual Misconduct, including Child Sexual Abuse - Sexual misconduct involves any touching or non-touching sexual interaction that is nonconsensual or       forced, coerced or manipulated, or perpetrated in an aggressive, harassing,         exploitative or threatening manner. It also includes any sexual interaction between           an athlete and an individual with evaluative, direct or indirect authority. Last, any             act or conduct described as sexual abuse or misconduct under federal or state law            (e.g., sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, rape) qualifies as sexual misconduct.


All forms of misconduct are intolerable and in direct conflict with the SAFESPORT policy of NSU’s Rowing Team and will NOT be tolerated to any degree. Please reference the SAFESPORT website for further explanation of the above forms of misconduct and specific examples.


Staff Members and Athletes

            Applicant Screening

                        NSU Crew has the authority to conduct interviews and reference checks                            on coaching applicants and will begin conducting background checks on                                 all newly hired coaching staff members effective January 1, 2015. All new              employees shall be subject to criminal background checks as a condition                              of employment. A new employee is defined as any individual who has not                                   held employment with NSU Crew in the past 12 months.


            Education and Training

                        All Pittsford Crew coaches, employees, board members, and active                              volunteers are required to complete the on-line SAFESPORT training                          at Active volunteers are those considered               to have a high degree of contact with youth. A list of active volunteers                               will be generated by the Executive Committee. All new board                                        members must complete the online SAFESPORT training before                                  attending their first board meeting.


            Athlete Education:

                        Before the start of each competitive season, the Executive Committee                                     will review the Code of Conduct for athletes, and ensure that the Code                                   of Conduct properly communicates NSU Crew’s commitment to the                                 SAFESPORT policy. The Code of Conduct for athletes will be reviewed                                  at the coach’s meeting prior to the start of each season.






                        Coaches, staff members, athletes and volunteers must report abuse, misconduct and policy violations to the club President or the Executive Committee and, where applicable, appropriate law enforcement authorities. Failure to do so is grounds for disciplinary action.



                        NSU Crew has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for                                    prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action                               prohibited as described in the previous section on prohibited conduct.

                        Any person who believes she or he has witnessed or been made aware                     of misconduct must file a grievance under this procedure. It is against                             policy for NSU Crew to retaliate against anyone who files a grievance                           or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance.  Grievances must be                                    submitted to the President or Chair of the Executive Committee within               one week of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of                 the alleged action concerning the grievance. A complaint must be in                            writing, containing the name and address of the person filing it. The                           complaint must state the problem or action alleged to be                                               discriminatory and the remedy or relief sought. The President and at                                     least two other members of the Executive Committee shall conduct an                                 investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but                      it must be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to                    submit evidence relevant to the complaint. The President or an                                 appointed board member will maintain the files and records of                                                 NSU Crew relating to such grievances. The investigation will include a                                     review of the case by a disinterested third party.

                        The President or an appointed representative will issue a written                                decision on the grievance no later than 30 days after its filing.