GRIEVANCES
(Last update 06/15/2018)

All grievance and disciplinary proceedings are filed and resolved pursuant to the procedures outlined in Article XXV of the U.S. Figure Skating bylaws and in the Grievance Committee and Ethics Committee rules. The Grievance Committee is responsible for administering the various grievance and hearing processes provided under the U.S. Figure Skating bylaws and rules, to provide standard hearing and complaint procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of grievances of U.S. Figure Skating members, and to cause to be published certain information about a grievance once it is final.

PERSONS BANNED OR SUSPENDED FROM U.S. FIGURE SKATING MEMBERSHIP

Grievance Publication Pursuant to GCR 9.03
Effective September 1, 2001 a rule was put into place requiring publication in SKATING magazine of actions taken by hearing panels. The following persons have been disciplined under U.S. Figure Skating bylaw Article XXV and have been suspended or banned from U.S. Figure Skating membership. These persons should not be credentialed, nor permitted to coach in any U.S. Figure Skating sponsored or sanctioned activity including but not limited to participating in qualifying or nonqualifying competitions, tests, carnivals and exhibitions. NOTE: In 2005 U.S. Figure Skating also adopted the practice of publishing these actions on www.usfigureskating.org

If you would like more information about the grievance process, please contact the Grievance Committee liaison at U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters, 719.635.5200 or email grievance@usfigureskating.org.

PERSONS SUSPENDED PENDING FINAL HEARING PANEL OR
U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT DETERMINATION

Considering the nature of the charges and information provided with either the Grievance Statement or action taken by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, in accordance with the authority provided to the U.S. Figure Skating Ethics Committee Rule (ECR) 3.04 and pending a hearing contemplated by Article XXV, Section 3(B) or an action of the U.S. Center for SafeSport (Article XXV, Section 4) of the U.S. Figure Skating Bylaws, effective as of the date shown, membership in U.S. Figure Skating is suspended.

Kordale Bavor
"SUSPENSION. Beginning on March 26, 2018, Kordale Bavor is prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any activity or competition authorized by, organized by, or under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, including U.S. Figure Skating & USA Hockey, and/or a Local Affiliated Organization of a national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee."

Pursuant to U.S. Figure Skating Bylaw Article XXV, Section 4, U.S. Figure Skating hereby suspends Kordale Bavor, beginning on March 26, 2018, pending final resolution of the matter by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Richard Callaghan
On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Center for SafeSport issued the following interim measure regarding U.S. Figure Skating member Richard Callaghan:

"SUSPENSION, beginning on March 6, 2018, Richard Callaghan is prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any activity or competition authorized by, organized by, or under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, including U.S. Figure Skating, and/or a Local Affiliated Organization of a national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee."

Pursuant to U.S. Figure Skating Bylaw Article XXV, Section 4, U.S. Figure Skating hereby suspends the membership of Richard Callaghan, beginning on March 6, 2018, pending final resolution of the matter by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

David Delago
Sanction: Permanent Ineligibility. Beginning on June 1, 2018, Responding Party David Delago is prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any activity or competition authorized by, organized by, or under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, and/or a Local Affiliated Organization of a national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.
Pursuant to Article XXV, Section 4, U.S. Figure Skating hereby permanently bans the membership of David Delago, beginning on June 1, 2018.  This Sanction is subject to appeal and is not yet final. 

Eugene Heffron
On March 21, 2018, the U.S. Center for SafeSport issued the following interim measure regarding U.S. Figure Skating member Eugene Heffron:

"SUSPENSION, beginning on March 21, 2018, Eugene Heffron is prohibited from participating, in any capacity, in any activity or competition authorized by, organized by, or under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, including US Figure Skating, and/or a Local Affiliated Organization of a national governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee."

Pursuant to U.S. Figure Skating Bylaw Article XXV, Section 4, U.S. Figure Skating hereby suspends the membership of Eugene Heffron, beginning on March 21, 2018, pending final resolution of the matter by the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Thomas J. Incantalupo – suspended January 12, 2018

PERSONS PERMANENTLY BANNED FROM U.S. FIGURE SKATING

Seth Chafetz
On October 15, 2013 the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) filed a Grievance against Mr. Seth Chafetz, alleging violations of the PSA Code of Ethics #5, #6 and #7. A PSA Hearing Panel denied his Application for Reinstatement to membership in the PSA and determined that the suspension would remain in effect until the completion of a court-ordered probation sentence. Pursuant to the rules of U.S. Figure Skating, GCR 10.00 et seq., Seth Chafetz's membership in U.S. Figure Skating was suspended until such time as the PSA provided notice that his suspension has been modified.

At the U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned Van Camp Invitational Competition in Lansing, MI, from March 16 -18, Seth Chafetz was observed placing a competitor on the ice and attending their critique. This was a violation of the PSA Code of Ethics Rule #8, and as a result of that violation the PSA voted for permanent expulsion of his membership to the Association. Pursuant to the rules of U.S. Figure Skating, GCR 10.00 et seq., Seth Chafetz is permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating.

Tonya Harding - lifetime ban effective 1994. Ban occurred prior to the publication requirement.

David Loncar
In December of 2010 a grievance was filed by U.S. Figure Skating against David Loncar alleging violations of GR1.01, GR1.02 and GR1.04. U.S. Figure Skating suspended his membership at that time. This filing was made per U.S. Figure Skating bylaw XXIV (3) (b) and rules ECR 2.02 and ECR 3.00. A similar grievance was also filed by PSA. Pursuant to GCR 3.02 (E), these grievances were joined.
In December of 2010, Loncar was arrested by the Richmond (Virginia) Police Dept. on multiple charges. He was released with charges pending. In January 2010 Loncar pleaded guilty to two drug charges. The charges were reduced to misdemeanors and a suspended sentence was given. In January of 2012 Loncar was charged with 15 felony counts. On April 3, 2012 Loncar pled guilty to all 15 charges. Loncar was sentenced on August 1, 2012.

Loncar did not respond to the allegations within thirty (30) days as provided for in ECR 3.08. ECR 3.08 (B) provides that such failure is deemed an admission of the allegations made by the grievant. ECR 3.08 further provides that under such circumstances, Loncar waived his right to a hearing or appeal and that the chair of the Grievance Committee has, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors and PSA, determined that Loncar violated GR 1.01, GR 1.02 and GR 1.04 based on his court actions and deemed admissions and is, therefore, permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating and the PSA.

David Lowery
In June 2003, a grievance was filed against David Lowery under U.S. Figure Skating bylaw [then] Article XXVII, Sec 3(b) alleging violation of GR 1.02(a), the U.S. Figure Skating Code of Ethics (as published U.S. Figure Skating 2003 Rulebook), and GR 1.04, the U.S. Figure Skating Harassment and Abuse Policy (as published in U.S. Figure Skating 2003 Rulebook). Mr. Lowery, through his counsel, requested that this grievance be held in abeyance pending the resolution of a non-U.S. Figure Skating matter, which request was granted. In September 2004, following the conclusion of the non-U.S. Figure Skating matter, Mr. Lowery and his counsel were notified that a response was required to the grievance statement filed in June 2003. Mr. Lowery did not respond to the allegations within thirty (30) days as provided for in ECR 3.08 (formerly cited as U.S. Figure Skating bylaw [then] Article XXVII 3 (b) (iii)). ECR 3.08 (B) provides that such failure is deemed an admission of the allegations made by the Grievant. ECR 3.08 further provides that, under such circumstances, Mr. Lowery waived his right to a hearing or an appeal and that the chair of the Grievance Committee will, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, impose appropriate discipline. The chair of the Grievance Committee, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, determined that Mr. Lowery violated GR 1.02 (a) and GR 1.04 based on his deemed admissions and, therefore, is permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating.

Marc Mandina
In December of 2010, a grievance was filed by U.S. Figure Skating against Marc Mandina alleging violations of GR 1.02 and GR 1.04. A felony warrant was issued for Mandina citing violation of California Penal Code 311.11 (A). This filing was made per U.S. Figure Skating bylaw XXIV (3) (b) and rules ECR 2.02 and ECR 3.00. A similar grievance was also filed by PSA. Pursuant to GCR 3.02 (E), these grievances were joined. In June of 2011 Mr. Mandina made a plea agreement with the State of California. Since that time he has violated the agreement. Mr. Mandina did not respond to the allegations within thirty (30) days as provided for in ECR 3.08. ECR 3.08 (B) provides that such failure is deemed an admission of the allegations made by the grievant. ECR 3.08 further provides that under such circumstances, Mr. Mandina waived his right to a hearing or an appeal and that the Chair of the Grievance Committee will, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, impose appropriate discipline. The Chair of the Grievance Committee, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors and PSA, determined that Mr. Mandina violated GR 1.02 and GR 1.04 based on his court actions and deemed admissions and is, therefore, permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating and the PSA.

Gordon McKellen - lifetime ban effective July 2001.

Jacqueline Mero - lifetime ban effective June 2003.
Joseph Mero
A disciplinary action was initiated by U.S. Figure Skating against Joseph Mero, alleging violations of the U.S. Figure Skating Code of Ethics, General Rules GR 1.01, GR 1.02, GR 1.03, GR 1.04, and the U.S. Figure Skating Policy Statement on Harassment and Abuse. The Professional Skaters Association was notified of these allegations. Upon review, it was determined that the matter would proceed as a combined U.S. FIGURE SKATING/PSA grievance pursuant to U.S. FIGURE SKATING GCR 3.02(E). In accordance with U.S. FIGURE SKATING Rules, a hearing panel was appointed and a disciplinary hearing was conducted in which Mr. Mero was given the opportunity to participate. The hearing panel made factual findings and concluded that Mr. Mero violated the U.S. FIGURE SKATING Code of Ethics, U.S. FIGURE SKATING General Rules GR 1.01, GR 1.02, GR 1.03, GR 1.04, U.S. FIGURE SKATING Policy Statement on Harassment and Abuse, and PSA Code of Ethics Nos. 4, 5, and 7, and Tenets of Professionalism 5 and 10. The hearing panel ruled that Mr. Mero is expelled from membership in U.S. Figure Skating and the PSA and that he is banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating and the PSA for life. No appeal was filed. The hearing panel's decision is now final.

Suzette Navarro
On July 8, 2016, U.S. Figure Skating received a Grievance Statement filed by Sallie Crowell on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Highland Skating Club and against Suzette Navarro aka Navaro. The Grievance Statement alleges a violation of GR 1.01(B) and GR 1.02(A), as well as the Highland Skating Club Bylaws, Section V (6).

The Grievance Statement was sent to Suzette Navarro via certified mail, return receipt requested and via e-mail, and no Response to the Grievance Statement was filed. Pursuant to GCR 3.03(B), a failure to file a Response constitutes an admission of the allegations made by the Grievant and waives the Respondent’s right to a hearing or appeal. The Chair of the Grievance Committee recommended appropriate relief to the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors and sought their agreement.

The Chair of the Grievance Committee, with the concurrence of the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors, found a violation of the General Rules of U.S. Figure Skating and the Bylaws of the Highland Skating Club. Based upon these findings, Suzette Navarro aka Navaro is permanently banned from Membership in U.S. Figure Skating.

Erik Pedersen
In December 2007, U.S. Figure Skating filed a grievance against Erik Pedersen, alleging violations of GR 1.01 (A), GR 1.02 (A), (D) & (E) and GR 1.03. (A) PSA grievance was also filed against Mr. Pederson. A combined U.S. Figure Skating/PSA disciplinary hearing was conducted and the panel concluded that that Mr. Pederson had violated the specified U.S. Figure Skating and PSA rules. The panel concluded that Mr. Pederson be permanently banned from U.S. Figure Skating and PSA membership. No appeal was filed and the hearing panel's decision is final.

Lindsey Sikorski
Sandra Sikorski
On May 13, 2011, a grievance was filed by six members of the Board of Directors for the Wyandotte Figure Skating Club (WFSC) against Lindsey Sikorski, a coach for the club, and her mother, Sandra Sikorski, a previous officer of WFSC. This grievance alleged violations of GR 1.01(A), GR 1.02(A), GR 1.02(C), GR 1.02(F), and GR 1.04. The grievance also alleged violations of the WFSC bylaws, specifically Article 4.1, 4.2, 4.6, 5.13(i), 6.1(j), and 9.5.

Thereafter, on January 12, 2102, a grievance was filed by the chair of the Ethics Committee against Sandra Sikorski. Finally, on January 13, 2012, a grievance was filed by the chair of the Ethics Committee against Lindsey Sikorski. The grievances filed by the chair of the Ethics Committee against both Lindsey Sikorski and Sandra Sikorski allege violations of GR 1.01, GR 1.02, and GR 1.03. The three grievances against Lindsey Sikorski and Sandra Sikorski were combined for hearing.

A Hearing Panel considered documentary evidence and heard testimony on November 28, 2012 and November 29, 2012. On December 18, 2012, a Decision was issued in favor of WFSC and U.S. Figure Skating and against Lindsey Sikorski and Sandra Sikorski. The sanction imposed for the violations found by the Hearing Panel provided that Lindsey Sikorski and Sandra Sikorski be permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating.

An appeal was filed by both Lindsey Sikorski and Sandra Sikorski. The Appellate Panel upheld the findings of the original hearing panel. This matter is now final and both Lindsey and Sandra Sikorski are permanently banned from membership.

Genrikh Sretenski
On September 3, 2011, a Grievance Statement was filed by MG, a minor, against Genrikh Sretenski, alleging a violation of the General Rules, specifically GR 1.01, GR 1.02(A), (C), and (F), and GR 1.03. Criminal charges were brought against Mr. Sretenski and on September 17, 2012, the Eastern Vice President suspended the membership of Mr. Sretenski. The matter was stayed pending completion of the criminal and concurrent civil process. With the advent of the USOC Center for SafeSport, U.S. Figure Skating notified the Center of this pending matter. The Center for SafeSport notified U.S. Figure Skating that U.S. Figure Skating should continue to exercise its jurisdiction over this matter. On August 16, 2017, the Stay was lifted, with a Reply due on Monday, September 18, 2017. No Reply was received from Mr. Sretenski.

Pursuant to GCR 3.03 (B), a failure to file a Reply constitutes an admission of the allegations made by the Grievant and waives the Respondent's right to a hearing or appeal. The Grievance Committee Chair will thereafter recommend appropriate relief to the Board of Directors and seek their agreement. If the Board concurs, the Grievance Committee Chair's decision is final, binding, and may not be appealed under the Bylaws and Rules of U.S. Figure Skating.

It is the Recommendation of the Chair of the Grievance Committee that Genrikh Sretenski be permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating. The Board of Directors issued a Resolution adopting the Recommendation of the Chair of the Grievance Committee. The prior suspension of Genrikh Sretenski is terminated and Genrikh Sretenski is permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating

Regina Sumpter
On February 14, 2014, U.S. Figure Skating received a Grievance Statement filed by the president of the Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club, Susan D. Manning, on behalf of the board of the Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club and against Regina Sumpter. The Grievance Statement alleges a violation of GR 1.01, 1.02(A), 1.04 and Article XXV, Section 3(B) as well as the Thoroughbred FSC Bylaws Article IV, Section 4.1, Article VII, Section 7.5, Article IX, Section 9.1, and Article XIII.

The Midwestern Vice President immediately suspended the membership of Regina Sumpter. No response to the Grievance Statement was filed. Pursuant to GCR 3.03(B), a failure to file a response constitutes an admission of the allegations made by the Grievant and waives the Respondent's right to a hearing or appeal. The chair of the Grievance Committee recommended appropriate relief to the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors and sought their agreement.

The chair of the Grievance Committee, with concurrence of the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors, found a violation of the General Rules and Bylaws of the Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club. Based upon these findings, Regina Sumpter is permanently banned from Membership in U.S. Figure Skating.

Richard Thomas
On February 20, 2015, the Chair of the Ethics Committee filed a Grievance Statement against Richard Thomas, alleging violations of the General Rules of U.S. Figure Skating. On April 1, 2015, a Stipulated Resolution was entered into between Mr. Thomas and U.S. Figure Skating. The Stipulated Resolution imposed certain conditions on Mr. Thomas and provided that if Mr. Thomas violated the terms of the Stipulated Resolution, he would be permanently banned from U.S. Figure Skating. Subsequently, the Chair of the Grievance Committee, with the concurrence of U.S. Figure Skating's Board of Directors, found that Mr. Thomas violated the Stipulated Resolution and based upon these findings, Richard Thomas is permanently banned from Membership in U.S. Figure Skating.

Laurie Van Den Bosch
In June 2009 a grievance was filed by the Orange County Figure Skating Club against Laurie Van Den Bosch, the club's former treasurer. The grievance alleged violations of GR 1.01 and GR 1.04 and Article 8 of the club's bylaws. Ms. Van Den Bosch was notified of the grievance filing and did not respond. In accordance with U.S. Figure Skating bylaws and Grievance Committee rules, a hearing panel was appointed and a hearing was held on December 7, 2009. Ms. Van Den Bosch did not participate. The panel made factual findings and concluded that Ms. Van Den Bosch had violated GR1.01 (Code of Ethics) and GR 1.02 (Code of Conduct). The hearing panel ruled that Ms. Van Den Bosch be permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating. The panel allowed that this ban not go into effect for one calendar year, thus giving Ms. Van Den Bosch a window to appeal. The committee has not heard from Ms. Van Den Bosch and no appeal was filed. This decision is now final.

Renee Velasquez
On May 9, 2013, a Grievance Statement was filed, File No. 2013-04, by Jaclyn Ward Vargo, chair of the Ethics Committee, on behalf of U.S. Figure Skating as Grievant against Renee Velasquez. The grievance alleged violations of the U.S. Figure Skating Harassment Policy, GR 1.01 and GR 1.03. A Reply to the Grievance Statement was filed by the Respondent Renee Velazquez dated June 4, 2013. Renee Velasquez was suspended from membership in U.S. Figure Skating on May 9, 2013.

The Hearing Panel considered documentary evidence and heard testimony on July 15, 2013. On July 22, 2013, a Statement of Decision was issued in favor of U.S. Figure Skating and against Renee Velasquez. The sanction imposed for the violations found by the Hearing Panel provided that Renee Velasquez be permanently banned from U.S. Figure Skating.

No appeal was taken from the decision of the Hearing Panel and therefore the decision of the Hearing Panel is now final.

Donald Vincent
In January of 2013 a grievance was filed by U.S. Figure Skating against Donald (D.J.) Vincent alleging violations of GR 1.01, GR 1.02, GR 1.03 and GR1.04. U.S. Figure Skating suspended his membership at that time. This filing was made per U.S. Figure Skating bylaw XXIV (3) (b) and rules ECR 2.02 and ECR 3.00. A similar grievance was also filed by PSA. Pursuant to GCR 3.02 (E) these grievances were joined. In January of 2013, Vincent was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff on multiple charges. In January of 2014 he was found guilty by the Los Angeles Superior Court on 10 felony counts. Vincent did not respond to the allegations within thirty (30) days as provided for in ECR 3.08. ECR 3.08 (B) provides that such failure is deemed an admission of allegations made by the grievant. ECR 3.08 further provides that under such circumstances Vincent waived his rights to a hearing or appeal and that the chair of the Grievance Committee has, with concurrence of the Board of Directors and PSA, determined that Vincent violated GR1.01, GR 1.02, GR 1.03 and GR 1.04 based on the court's finding and is, therefore, permanently banned from membership in U.S. Figure Skating and the PSA.

Robert Young - lifetime ban effective July 2002.

PERSONS SUSPENDED FROM U.S. FIGURE SKATING

Roy Cofer
Suspended indefinitely in June 2005. The hearing panel imposed a conditional suspension. The conditions were not met and he remains suspended.

Daniel Gray
Suspended indefinitely in March 2003. The hearing panel imposed a conditional three year suspension. The conditions were not met and he remains suspended.

Amy L. McCann
Suspended until October 6, 2018. After that date, should McCann rejoin there would be restrictions.

Tricia Rubacky
In August 2008, a grievance was filed against Tricia Rubacky under U.S. Figure Skating bylaw [then] Article XXV, Sec 3(a), alleging violations of GR 1.01 and GR 1.02. In accordance with U.S. Figure Skating Bylaws and Grievance Committee Rules, a hearing panel was appointed and a hearing was held on February 23, 2009. The panel made factual findings and concluded that Ms. Rubacky violated GR 1.01 (Code of Ethics) and GR 1.02 (Code of Conduct). As a consequence, the hearing panel recommended that Ms. Rubacky be indefinitely banned from competing in any and all competitive events sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating from this date forward until specific conditions are completed and verified to the U.S. Figure Skating. An appeal was not filed and this decision is now final.

OTHER GRIEVANCE ACTIONS

Bennett Gottlieb v. The Skating Club of Boston
A Grievance Statement was submitted followed by a First Amended Grievance Statement and a Second Amended Grievance Statement by grievants Arthur Gottlieb and Janet Olsen on behalf of their son Bennett Gottlieb, a minor, and against Respondent, The Skating Club of Boston. Grievants alleged a violation of GR 1.02(H) and GR 1.03, as found in the 2013-2014 Rulebook and current SafeSport policy, as well as Article XI of the Constitution as amended May 16, 2003 of The Skating Club of Boston. A telephonic hearing was held on June 10, 2014.

The Hearing Panel determined that The Skating Club of Boston is to amend their General Rules and/or Constitution to provide specific details for the length of time and procedure to use for an informal investigation and is to provide its members with a copy of its Constitution and Club Rules immediately upon request by a Member.

No other violations of the Rules of U.S. Figure Skating were found.

Caryn Bickerstaff v Alan Wolf I
Caryn Bickerstaff v. Alan Wolf II
Caryn Bickerstaff v Alan Wolf I was filed on May 7, 2014 and alleges violations of GR 1.01(A), GR 1.02(A), (F), MR 6.02(B), MR 6.04, violations of four Articles of the North Atlantic FSC Constitution, and the State of Maine, Revised Non-Profit Organization Statutes (Title 13-B), three different Chapters. In Caryn Bickerstaff v. Alan Wolf II, filed on July 7, 2014, there are allegations of the violation of GR 1.01, GR 1.03, GR 1.04, and violations of two articles of the North Atlantic FSC Constitution. On October 27, 2014, a recorded telephonic hearing was held, with substantial documentary evidence submitted by all parties in advance of the hearing.

On November 15, 2014, in a written decision, the Hearing Panel found no violation of the General Rules of U.S. Figure Skating, the Membership Rules of U.S. Figure Skating, nor the North Atlantic FSC Constitution. As to the Statutes of the State of Maine, no testimony was presented as to such violations. The Hearing Panel unanimously found that there was insufficient evidence to conclude by a preponderance of the evidence that there were violations as alleged.

An Appeal of the Decision of the Hearing Panel was filed by Grievant. The Appellate Panel unanimously affirmed the decision of the Hearing Panel.

Brooke Adler v. U.S. Figure Skating
On September 25, 2013, a Grievance Statement was filed by Barbara Adler on behalf of Brooke Adler, a minor, and against U.S. Figure Skating, alleging a violation of Rule 2401, as found in the 2013-2014 Rulebook. An Expedited Hearing Panel was appointed and a telephonic hearing took place on September 30, 2013.

The Expedited Hearing Panel found that U.S. Figure Skating did not violate Competition Rule 2401 of the Qualifying Competition Rules.

On October 1, 2013, this Grievance was dismissed.

Figure Skating Club of Hunterdon v. Robert Daw (1)
Figure Skating Club of Hunterdon v. Robert Daw (PSA Grievance)(2)
Robert Daw v. Figure Skating Club of Hunterdon (3)
Robert Daw v. Stanley Houston (4)
These four cases were consolidated for hearing. In the first case, the FSC of Hunterdon alleged a violation of U.S. Figure Skating GR 1.02(A) and 1.02(F). In case number two, the FSC of Hunterdon filed a grievance with the Professional Skaters Association alleging a violation of PSA Code of Conduct 1, 4 and 7. In case number three, Mr. Daw alleges a violation of U.S. Figure Skating GR 1.01(A), 1.01(B)(4)(a), 1.03(A) and 1.04. In case number four, Mr. Daw alleges a violation by Mr. Houston of U.S. Figure Skating GR 1.0l(A), 1.0l(B)(4)(a), 1.02(A), 1.03(A) and 1.04.

On November 10, 2014, a telephonic hearing was held in all of these matters. Witnesses were called and evidence was reviewed. The Hearing Panel unanimously found in favor of Robert Daw and dismissed grievance number one and grievance number two. The Hearing Panel unanimously found in favor of the FSC of Hunterdon and therefore grievance number three was dismissed. The hearing panel unanimously found in grievance number four that Stanley Houston engaged in wrongful ethical conduct consisting of videotaping Mr. Daw and his minor students without their permission or the permission of the students' parents. The remainder of the grievance was dismissed.
Stanley Houston was suspended from membership in U.S. Figure Skating for six months. The six month suspension of membership will be stayed for that six month period of time. In the event that during the six months stay of the suspension of membership, there are no reports of any misconduct by Stanley Houston, then the six month suspension of membership will be vacated.

6/9/2015 - No further reports of misconduct having been received, the suspension of Mr. Houston is vacated.

Tessa Hong v Larry Kriwanek
On November 3, 2014, Tessa Hong, by and through her mother, Miyung Hong, filed a Grievance Statement against Larry Kriwanek, alleging a violation of Rule 1403(D)&(F). A Reply was filed by Respondent Kriwanek on November 6, 2014. An Expedited Hearing Panel was appointed. A Pre-Hearing Statement of Decision was issued on November 10, 2014, which dismissed the Grievance Statement. A Notice of Appeal was filed and an Expedited Appellate Panel was appointed on November 11, 2014.

A Statement of Decision was issued by the Expedited Appellate Panel, remanding the Grievance to the Expedited Hearing Panel for further proceedings. A telephonic hearing took place on November 15, 2014 and on November 16, 2014 all parties were notified of the Decision of the Expedited Hearing Panel. A written Statement of Decision was issued on November 17, 2014 which dismissed the Grievance.
On November 17, 2014, a Notice of Appeal was filed on behalf of the Grievant. On November 18, 2014, the Expedited Appellate Panel issued its Statement of Decision sustaining the dismissal of the Grievance, finding that Respondent violated no Rules of U.S. Figure Skating and therefore the Grievance was dismissed.

Olivia Allan v Alena Lunin
On June 18, 2015, Olivia Allan, by and through her mother, Julie Malmen, filed a Grievance Statement against Alena Lunin. Pursuant to Article XXV, section 3(B) of the U.S. Figure Skating Bylaws, the Grievance was referred to the chair of the U.S. Figure Skating Ethics Committee, who accepted the Grievance with U.S. Figure Skating becoming the nominal Grievant. The Grievance Statement alleged the Respondent violated GR 1.03 in connection with her coaching and supervision of the Grievant. Pursuant to GCR 3.02(E), the matter proceeded as a Combined Grievance with the Professional Skaters Association.

On December 4, 2015, a telephonic hearing was held. The Hearing Panel unanimously found that Respondent did not violate GR 1.03. A written Statement of Decision was issued on December 9, 2015 that dismissed the Grievance.

Doug Williams v U.S. Figure Skating
A Grievance Statement was filed by Mr. Doug Williams on January 2, 2017 against U.S. Figure Skating. The Grievance Statement appealed a Resolution of the Board of Directors of U.S. Figure Skating providing for a reprimand and suspension of Mr. Williams from his duties as an Official of U.S. Figure Skating. Prior to the filing of the Grievance Statement, the chair of the Ethics Committee submitted a Complaint on October 14, 2016 against Mr. Williams to the chair of the Judges’ Committee and the chair of the Technical Panel Committee, alleging a violation of the Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct and Judges’ Creed, specifically GR 1.01(A), 1.02(A), 1.01(B), 1.02(F), JR 1.06, TPCR 4.01(J), and Policy on Harassment and Abuse. A combined subcommittee was constituted and issued its recommendation to the Board of Directors for a reprimand of Mr. Williams. The Board of Directors of U.S. Figure Skating accepted the combined subcommittee’s recommendation, but also determined that Mr. Williams violated JR 12.01(C) and TPCR 7.01(C) and provided for a suspension of Mr. Williams.

An Expedited Hearing Panel was appointed by the chair of the Grievance Committee to hear Mr. Williams’ Grievance, and an Expedited Hearing took place on January 11, 2017. It was the unanimous Decision of the Expedited Hearing Panel that the Resolution of the Board of Directors of U.S. Figure Skating is sustained.  Mr. Williams was suspended as an Official of U.S. Figure Skating from December 16, 2016 through January 31, 2017, with termination of the suspension contingent upon completion of a Tutorial. The Tutorial was timely completed, and the suspension was lifted effective January 31, 2017. This determination is now final.  (Statement revised – June 7, 2017)

Chicago FSC v U.S. Figure Skating, et al.
On February 14, 2017, the Chicago Figure Skating Club filed a Grievance against U.S. Figure Skating alleging a violation of ICR 5.15 (A), (B) and (C). An Expedited Hearing Panel was appointed and a hearing was held via telephone conference on February 20, 2017. The Expedited Hearing Panel considered the documentary evidence as well as the oral testimony presented by Chicago Figure Skating Club and U.S. Figure Skating during the hearing and reached the unanimous decision that U.S. Figure Skating did not violate ICR 5.15 (A), (B) or (C) and the Grievance was dismissed. No request for an Expedited Appeal was submitted.

Emily Zhang v U.S. Figure Skating
On November 18, 2017, Grievant Emily Zhang alleged that U.S. Figure Skating violated Rule 10774(B) at the Eastern Sectional Championships. The Expedited Hearing Panel found that the Grievant failed to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that U.S. Figure Skating violated the rule and the Grievance was dismissed. An appeal was filed by the Grievant. The Expedited Appellate Panel found in favor of US Figure Skating.