ATTENTION RACERS : USA Cycling Code of Conduct Thursday, April 01, 2004
Code of Conduct
Section 1. The mission of USA Cycling is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of bicycling. USA Cycling grants the privilege of membership to individuals and groups committed to that mission. The privilege of membership may, therefore, be withdrawn or denied by USA Cycling at any time where USA Cycling determines that a member or prospective member’s conduct is inconsistent with the mission of the organization or the best interest of the sport and those who participate in it.
In order to assist all members to better serve the interests of those who participate in cycling, USA Cycling has adopted this Code of Conduct
Section 2. Any member or prospective member of USA Cycling may be sanctioned under the racing rules, fined, suspended, denied membership, censured, placed on probation, or expelled from USA Cycling after being afforded the right to a hearing under USA Cycling Grievance and Hearing Policy, if such member violates the provisions of the USA Cycling Code of Conduct, set forth in Section 3 below, or aids, abets or encourages another person to violate any of the provisions of the USA Cycling Code of Conduct.
Section 3. The following shall be considered violations of the USA Cycling Code of Conduct:
(a) Violation of anti-doping provisions as established by USAC Policy II, the USOC, IOC, USADA, WADA, or the UCI
(b) Discrimination in violation of USAC Bylaw D or Article IV, Section 4(C)(6) of the USOC Constitution or Section 220522(a)(8) Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, which require that USA Cycling must provide: an equal opportunity to amateur athletes; coaches, trainers, managers, mechanics, administrators, and officials to participate in amateur athletic competition, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin
(c) Conviction of, imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest at any time, past or present for (i) any felony, (ii) any offense involving use, possession, distribution or intent to distribute illegal drugs or substances, or (iii) any crime involving sexual misconduct.
(d) Any non-consensual sexual contact or advance or other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or action directed towards an athlete by a coach, official, trainer, or other person who, in the context of cycling, is in a position of authority over that athlete.
(e) The sale or distribution of illegal drugs or the illegal sale or distribution of any substance listed on the recognized list of banned substances of the IOC, UCI, USADA, WADA or USOC.
(f) The use of illegal drugs in the presence of an athlete, by a coach, official, trainer of or a person who, in the context of cycling, is in a position of authority over that athlete.
(g) The providing of alcohol, tobacco or other substance to an athlete by a coach, official, trainer, manager or any other person where the athlete is under the legal age allowed to consume or purchase alcohol, tobacco other substance in the state where it is provided.
(h) The abuse of alcohol in the presence of an athlete under the age of 18, by a coach, official trainer of, or a person who, in the context of cycling, is in a position of authority over that athlete.
(i) Physical abuse of an athlete by any person in a position of authority over that athlete.
(j) Any act of fraud, deception, or dishonesty in connection with any USA Cycling-related activity.
(k) Any non-consensual physical contact, obscene language or gesture, or other threatening language or conduct directed towards any person in connection with any USA Cycling-related activity.
(l) Any intentional damage to private or public property while at or near an event venue sanctioned by USA Cycling, or damage to USA Cycling property.