Why are we requiring a background check?
The Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation (JJGF) has a zero-tolerance policy prohibiting all forms of sexual abuse and assault of individuals, including sexual molestation, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual injury, and sexual harassment.
The JJGF encourages any Member, student of a Member academy, staff or the public, who believes he/she has been the victim, or who is aware of, or suspect sexual abuse taking place involving sexual misconduct by a Member, to immediately report said conduct to a JJGF official, and to a law enforcement authority. Also, the JJGF encourages and welcomes the report of any decision convicting or adjudicating a Member of engaging in or attempting to engage in sexual activity by force or coercion.

Who will need to apply for a background check?
• Team’s Heads and official instructors who reside in the US (first application and renewal);
• Academy’s heads and official instructors who reside in the US (first application and renewal);
• Black Belt applicants and Black Belt Certificate applicants who reside in the US (first application and renewal).

How to apply for a background check?
JJGF will use SSCI, a Background Screening Solution to check your background. You can apply for your background check online through the SSCI website. You will need the following information before start the process:
• Full name;
• Date of birth;
• US Address;
• Social security number (SSN) or other form of identification.

Background check fee:
A fee of $18.50 is required and paid directly to SSCI, who will be responsible for running the tests and informing JJGF the results. Note that the process may take up to 5 business days.

Disqualifications based on the background check:
A person should be disqualified and prohibited from serving as a volunteer/professor/certified Black Belt if the person has been found guilty of the following crimes:
For purposes of this policy; Guilty shall mean that a person was found guilty following a trial, entered a guilty plea, entered a no contest plea accompanied by a court finding of guilt (regardless of adjudication), or received court directed programs in lieu of conviction.

• All Sex Offenses – Regardless of the amount of time since offense.
Examples include: child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.FELONIES• All Felony Violence – Regardless of the amount of time since offense.
Examples include: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.
• All Felony offenses other than violence or sex within the past 10 years.
Examples include: drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.
• Individuals found to have pending court cases for any of the disqualifying offenses will be disqualified. If the disposition of the pending case does not meet the criteria for the disqualification as listed above, the individual would then be cleared and reinstated.