Effective December 31, 2019, there will be minor changes to the USA Fencing background screen criteria and search components. The updates will ensure we are in compliance with the new United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) background screen requirements, formally approved by the USOPC Board of Directors on December 13, 2019 and required to be implemented by all NGBs by December 31, 2019. The USA Fencing Board of Directors voted electronically to approve the changes on December 23, 2019.
The new criteria is as follows:
Any background check that results in a report of a disposition or resolution of a criminal proceeding, other than an adjudication of not guilty, for any of the below criminal offenses will be issued a red light determination:
a. Any felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year)
b. Any misdemeanor involving:
i. All sexual crimes, criminal offenses or a sexual nature to include but not limited to; rape, child molestation, sexual battery, lewd conduct, possession and distribution of child pornography, possession and distribution of obscene material, prostitution, indecent exposure, public indecency, and any sex offender registrant (any participant that has been convicted of, received an imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest for any sexual crime, criminal offense of a sexual nature, and/or sex offender registrant must be reported);
ii. Any drug related offenses;
iii. Harm to a minor and vulnerable person, including, but not limited to, offenses such as child abandonment, child endangerment/neglect/abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and DUI with a minor;
iv. Violence against a person (including crimes involving firearms and domestic violence);
v. Stalking, harassment, blackmail, violation of a protection order and/or threats;
vi. Destruction of property, including arson, vandalism, and criminal mischief; and
vii. Animal abuse or neglect.
Secondary Review of Responsible Sport Organization Determinations: USA Fencing will comply with the USOPC Background Check Policy and Procedures as it relates to situations under which a secondary review of USA Fencing’s determination will be conducted by the USOPC. (USOPC BG Policy and USOPC BG Procedures)