It is the policy of the Saskatoon United Soccer Club that there shall be zero tolerance of harassment, abuse and bullying of any player, coach, assistant coach, manager and/or parent.
Harassment: Aggressive pressure or intimidation
Condescending, patronizing, unwelcome comments or actions
Abuse: Speak in an insulting and offensive way to or about someone
Physical, verbal, non-verbal, relational and reactive disregard to person’s gender, race, and/or social position
Bullying: The act of intimidating a person to make them do something
Use superior strength or influence to intimidate
It is the policy of the Saskatoon United Soccer Club that there shall be zero tolerance of harassment, abuse and bullying of any player, coach, assistant coach, manager and/or parent. The Saskatoon United Soccer Club and its Board of Directors expect every player, parent, volunteer, and coaching staff to take all reasonable steps to ensure all members of the SUSC Zone are protected from maltreatment.
If any form of maltreatment occurs, all players, parents or volunteer staffs who witnessed the maltreatment are responsible to forward the events of that situation and to know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
A person that experiences harassment, abuse or bullying is encouraged to make it known to the “alleged abuser” that the behavior is unwelcomed, offensive and contrary to the policies of the Saskatoon United Soccer Club. If confronting the “alleged abuser” is not possible or if after confronting the “alleged abuser”, the abuse continues the “alleged victim” should report the incident to the Chair of the Discipline Committee of The Saskatoon United Soccer Club.
The “alleged victim” must put the complaint in writing by filling out the Harassment, Abuse and Bullying Incident form.
The Chair of the Discipline committee is to serve in a neutral, non-biased capacity in receiving the complaint, and where appropriate assisting in its informal resolution.
There are three possible outcomes from a meeting of the Complainant and the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee which may then go to the Discipline Committee for review. A written report will be provided to the SUSC Board:
The Chair of the Disciplinary Committee will carry out the investigation in a timely manner and at the conclusion of the investigation will submit a written report to the President of SUSC with a recommendation that:
The Disciplinary Committee will meet no more than 15 business days after the recommendation has been approved by the President The Disciplinary Committee will govern the hearing as it deems appropriate in the circumstances, provided that:
Within 10 days of the conclusion of the hearing, the Disciplinary Committee will provide its written decision to the President, the complainant and the respondent. The decision will contain
If the Disciplinary Committee determines that the allegations of harassment, abuse or bullying are false, vexatious, retaliatory or frivolous, its report may direct that there be disciplinary sanctions against the Complainant.
Unless otherwise stated in writing, disciplinary sanctions directed by the committee shall take effect immediately.
The decision of the Committee will be final and binding upon the Complainant, the Respondent and the Saskatoon United Soccer Club. Appeals to this process must be carried out according to the process outlined:
Both the Complainant and the Respondent shall have the right to appeal the decision of the Committee. A notice of intention to appeal, along with grounds for appeal, must be provided to the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee within 72 hours of receiving the report. The notice must include the grounds upon which the decision is being appealed.
Appeals may be made on the flowing grounds:
The appeal shall be heard by a Board appointed by the President of the Saskatoon United Soccer Club comprised of:
The decision of the Appeal Board will be based on a review of the documentation regarding the complaint, including the statements of the Complainant and Respondent, the Report of the Chair, the decision of the Committee and the notice of the appeal.
In deciding the appeal, the Appeal Board may uphold the decision of the Committee and/or modify any of the Committee’s recommendations for disciplinary measures.
The decision of the Appeal Board will be final and binding. A written response must be made within 10 days from the date the decision is made.
The President of SUSC and the Secretary of SUSC shall keep a secure record of the Committee reports and any appeal proceedings. The record shall contain all relevant documents including but not limited to:
These documents shall be held in confidence by the Saskatoon United Soccer Club. However, there may be circumstances where information may/must be shared which include but not limited to
It is important to note that the Saskatoon United Soccer Club will not allow or pursue retaliation of any kind for reports or complaints, or for assistance or information provided to applicable authorities in connection with an investigation of harassment, abuse or bullying, where the reports or complaints are made or provided in good faith.