Confidentiality and Reporting

Confidentiality
To the extent permitted by law, and as appropriate, USA Hockey, D6 and Minnesota Hockey shall keep confidential the complainant’s name on request, not make public the names of potential victims, the accused perpetrator or the people who made a report of child physical and sexual abuse to the authorities.

Anonymous Reporting
Anonymous reporting may make it difficult for USA Hockey or Minnesota Hockey to investigate or properly address misconduct or abuse. However, Minnesota Hockey recognizes it can be difficult for an athlete, teammate, friend or family member to report an allegation of misconduct and strives to remove as many barriers to reporting as possible. Anonymous reports may be made without the formality of completing a Report Form:

“Whistleblower” Protection
Regardless of outcome, it is the policy of USA Hockey, Minnesota Hockey and D6 to support the complainant(s) and his or her right to express concerns in good faith. Neither USA Hockey, D6 or Minnesota Hockey will encourage, allow or tolerate attempts from any individual, group or organization to retaliate, punish, allow or in any way harm any individual(s) who reports a concern in good faith. Such actions against a complainant will be considered a violation of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program and grounds for disciplinary action.

Bad-Faith Allegations
A report of abuse, misconduct or policy violations that is malicious, frivolous or made in bad faith is prohibited. Such reports will be considered a violation of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program and grounds for disciplinary action. Depending on the nature of the allegation, a person making a malicious, frivolous or bad-faith report may also be subject to civil or criminal proceedings.