Vision, Mandate and Values
A trusted, independent entity contributing to the advancement of a respectful sport culture by administering and upholding the principles of the UCCMS.
The OSIC contributes to the advancement of the UCCMS, by:
- overseeing a complaint intake process;
- conducting preliminary assessments and commissioning independent investigations, as warranted;
- maintaining a database of imposed sanctions;
- monitoring compliance by signatory organizations and issuing reports as required;
- initiating sport environment assessments, as required,
- facilitating access to legal and mental health support, as applicable, and
- collaborating with the SDRCC Resource Centre to contribute expertise and lessons learned to inform best practices for sport organizations in upholding the UCCMS.
Out of scope: Decisions regarding violations of the UCCMS, the adoption and imposition of sanctions, approval of mediated outcomes, and legal defence for violation or sanction challenges related to the UCCMS are all outside of the duties of the OSIC.
The OSIC administers the UCCMS in a compassionate, efficient and fair manner that uses trauma-informed best practices at all stages of the process.
The OSIC operates under a set of values and principles that define the way the entity delivers its mandate and interacts with all parties and the sport community. The OSIC operates with:
Acts in a manner that will bear the closest of public scrutiny.
Arrives at impartial and objective conclusions and recommendations independently.
Protects the confidentiality of any information acquired in the performance of the mandate, subject to OSIC policies and procedures and legal obligations to report.
Respect for People
Treats people with compassion, respect, dignity and fairness.
Key principles guide the conduct of all OSIC procedures and investigations performed under the OSIC mandate:
- Trauma-informed – Processes reflect an understanding of how trauma impacts individuals psychologically, emotionally and physically, and aims to prevent re-traumatization using safe and respectful practices.
- Procedural Fairness – All matters are assessed using principles of procedural fairness and natural justice for all parties and using a process that is free from all conflicts of interest and absent any influence that is biased or has the appearance of bias.
- Timeliness – Procedures are conducted and reports submitted without undue delay.
- Confidentiality and Protection of Privacy – The integrity of the process is ensured and steps are taken to ensure that the importance of maintaining confidentiality, subject to applicable rules/procedures and legal obligations to report, is understood by parties and witnesses.
- The Standard of Proof – Findings are based on the available evidence, and an assessment is made using the “balance of probabilities” standard.