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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE SAFE SPORT BACKGROUND CHECK Prepared for USEF Licensed Officials 1. Why does USEF have a Background Check Policy? USEF is implementing the Safe Sport Policy to protect its athletes and ensure a safe and fun environment for equestrians to develop their skills. The Safe Sport Policy is designed as an educational and preventative tool to be used by coaches, trainers, athletes, and all those who enjoy the equestrian sport. Part of the Safe Sport Policy, is the requirement for all USEF Licensed Officials undergo routine background checks as a prerequisite for attaining or renewing that licensed status. 2. When will I have to run a background check? In order to renew your License for the 2014 competition year, you must submit the necessary waivers so that a background check can be run. After that, background checks will be renewed every two (2) years. 3. Who has to submit to a background check? Everyone who falls under the category of “USEF Designee� must comply with the USEF Background Check Policy. This includes, but is not limited to, all USEF staff, licensed officials, and any individual that USEF formally authorizes, approves, or appoints to a position of authority over or to have frequent contact with any athlete. 4. How often must I submit to a background check? All Designees must submit to a background check every two (2) years or as otherwise required by law. 5. What do I submit in order to begin the background check procedure? You will need to fill out a consent form to begin the background check procedure. As part of the Safe Sport Policy, you will need to keep USEF up to date on all your criminal history by completing a Disclosure Form. 6. What offenses are being screened for? All sex offense, felonies, and misdemeanors are screened for during a background check. 7. Will any offense lead to a disqualification? All sex offenses and violent felonies are disqualifiers regardless of when they occurred. All other felonies (not sex or violent) in the past 10 years are disqualifiers. All violent misdemeanors, misdemeanors that would be considered a danger to children or animal cruelty, in the past seven (7) years are disqualifiers. Two or more drug and/or alcohol misdemeanors in the past seven (7) years are disqualifiers. If a crime occurred outside of the specified time frames, it is not reported, therefore will not be considered or lead to a disqualification. For example, if you were charged with a drug felony 11 years ago, you would not be disqualified from seeking a license to officiate through the USEF. Or for example, if you had a DUI from five (5)years ago and a drug possession charge from eight (8) years ago, you would not be considered disqualified. 8. What determines the classification of crimes? The jurisdiction in which a crime is tried will determine the classification of the crimes. USEF Safe Sport | 1

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