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Background Check Compliance

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Background Check Compliance 2017-02-28T03:34:21-06:00

Beginning in 2017, Special Olympics Minnesota will begin taking a firmer stance in regards to volunteer participation at competitions prior to the completion of a background check. This decision was made in the ongoing interest of providing the safest environment we can for our athletes and volunteers. While we realize this is only one tool our organization uses in screening volunteers, background checks provide us the most immediate way of assessing whether an individual meets the basic qualifications of involvement.

Moving forward, we will take the following stances regarding participation and attendance at competitions:

Coaches

Area Level

  • Coaches who have not initiated the background check process prior to the Area Errors & Exceptions deadline will be scratched from competition.
  • Coaches who have initiated but not passed the background check process prior to the Area Errors & Exceptions deadline can attend area competitions, but cannot be used to fulfill coach ratios.

State Level

  • Coaches who do not pass a background check prior to the State Errors & Exceptions deadline will be scratched from competition.

Unified Partners

  • Unified Partners who have not passed a background check prior to the Area Errors & Exceptions deadline will be scratched from competition, also making them ineligible to advance to a higher level of competition during that sport season.

Athletes

Area Level

  • Athletes who have a criminal history and have not initiated the background check process prior to the Area Errors & Exceptions deadline will be scratched from competition, also making them ineligible to advance to a higher level of competition during that sport season.
  • Athletes who have a criminal history and have initiated but not passed the background check process prior to the Area Errors & Exceptions deadline cannot attend Area competitions, but may be eligible to advance to a higher level of competition if results are returned prior to state Errors & Exceptions deadline.

State Level

  • Athletes who have not passed a background check prior to the State Errors & Exceptions deadline will be scratched from competition.