Any person wishing to volunteer in SCSC is subject to a criminal background check, with a strong focus on the following:
Coaches of any team
Assistant coaches of sports teams
Officers, board members, and staff who lead or organize children's activities
Any person wishing to volunteer in SCSC must complete an SCSC volunteer application form each year, either online or by using the hard copy form, and submit a signed copy to the Sports Director. The application form includes a Criminal Background Check Release. All requested information must be provided by the applicant, including Social Security number, driver license number (or other state issued photo I.D. if the applicant does not drive) and date of birth.
Criminal background checks are performed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The responses on the SCSC Volunteer Application Form may target certain individuals for automatic background checks.
The Notice of Duty to Review Criminal Record process is initiated by the Treasurer of SCSC. When a negative determination is made, a copy of the criminal conviction report received by the Treasure must be sent to that volunteer applicant in an envelope marked “Confidential - to be opened by addressee only,” along with the Notice of Duty to Review Criminal Record cover letter.
If a conviction is disclosed or discovered, SCSC Staff must make a decision on whether or not the applicant may be used based on the following guidelines and partial Table of Convictions and advise the Sports Director of its decision. As used in this policy, the term conviction refers to a conviction entered after a trial, after a guilty plea or after a plea of no contest/nolo contendere.
Any application form that does not contain honest answers or that misrepresents the number, type or gravity of any such conviction(s) will not be approved irrespective of the nature of the offense or the time that has transpired since the conviction. /p>
Any individual on probation or required to complete a court ordered rehabilitation or other such program following a conviction for a crime appearing on the Table of Convictions will not be considered to serve as a volunteer until all terms and conditions established by the court have been satisfied and proof of completion submitted to SCSC.
Any person convicted of a crime against or otherwise involving a minor at any time in the past will not be approved to be a volunteer.
Most felony convictions will result in a negative determination. Evidence of multiple convictions, either felony or misdemeanor, are likely to also result in a negative determination. Where a conviction is remote in time or where the applicant’s conduct since the conviction(s) indicates rehabilitation or lack of risk to the membership and the program, some leeway may be provided, but only with the concurrence of the Sports Director and Board of Directors.
Persons convicted of a crime of violence or other serious crime against a person (including major sex offenses) within the prior 20 years should be disqualified from any position listed in policy paragraph #1 above.
Persons convicted of a theft related crime or fraud within the prior 15 years should be disqualified from any position involving the handling of funds or property.
Persons convicted of a serious substance abuse crime within the past 10 years should be disqualified from any coaching position or any position that leads children's activities.
Persons convicted of less serious crimes of violence, substance abuse or one of the listed miscellaneous crimes within the past 5 years should be disqualified from any coaching position or any position that leads children's activities.
DUI: Persons convicted of driving while under the influence within the preceding 3 years will be disqualified from holding the position of team coach or assistant coach. Persons convicted of driving under the influence within the preceding 3 years may be accepted for other volunteer positions with the understanding that they are prohibited from driving any child or SCSC volunteer other than immediate family members to or from an SCSC activity.
If any discretion is exercised in the application of this policy, it must be exercised in a uniform manner, so that substantially similar convictions and circumstances result in substantially similar treatment of potential volunteers. The Sports Director and Board of Directors will be immediately notified when a negative determination is made, or if there are issues related to an application. The specific results leading to a negative determination must remain confidential unless the applicant is willing to reveal the results to the Sports Director and Board of Directors.
TABLE OF CONVICTIONS (a partial list)
Violent Crimes & Serious Crimes Against a Person:
Aggravated Battery w/ Firearm
Cruelty to Animals
Endangering the Life or Health of a Child
Exploitation of a Child
Harboring a Runaway
Hit and Run Causing Injury/Death
Possession of explosives
Preventing a 911 Call
Second Degree Murder
Solicitation for Murder
Tampering w/Food or Drugs
Threatening Public Officials
Vehicular Car Jacking
Violation of Order of Protection
Less Serious Crimes Against a Person
Harassment of Jurors or Witnesses
Obscene Phone Calls
Criminal Sexual Abuse
Criminal Sexual Assault
Criminal Transmission of HIV
Distribution/Sale of Pornography to a Minor
Indecent Solicitation of a Child
Keeping a Place of Prostitution
Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
Sex with a Minor
Sexual Exploitation of a Child
Solicitation of a Sexual Act
Bid Rotating & Kickbacks
Fencing of Stolen goods
Interference with Public Contracts
Misuse of Credit Card
Possession of Burglary Tools
Theft of Intellectual Property
Mail and Wire Fraud
Public Aid Fraud
Serious Substance Abuse Crimes:
Abuse of Prescription Medicines
Criminal Drug Conspiracy
Distribution of Alcohol to Minors
Illegal Transportation of Controlled Substances
Possession of Marijuana, more than one ounce
Possession of Illegal Substances
Sale or Manufacture of Illegal Substances
Miscellaneous Substance Abuse Crimes
Driving Under the Influence
Drunk in Public
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of Marijuana, less than one ounce
Sale of Alcohol to a Minor
Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm
Concealing or Aiding a Fugitive
Criminal Damage to Property
Discrimination in Sale of Real Estate
Driving without a License
Driving without Insurance
Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer
Unlawful Sale of Firearms
Interference with Judicial Proceeding
Obscene Phone Calls
Repeated Traffic Offenses
Tampering with Public Records
Unlawful Possession of Weapons
Unlawful Use of Body Armor
Unlawful Use, Sale, or Discharge of a Metal Piercing Bullet