Kumoricon Convention Code of Conduct
Content last updated October 24, 2017
Badges and ID
Valid, government-issued photo ID is required to buy a membership or check in. Don't forget it! You need ID no matter what.
Badge required: Your badge is your proof of membership. You must wear it in convention space.
Under age 18? Parent permission and liability release form required and curfew applies.
Under age 13? Parent must accompany you (separate paid membership required), parent permission and liability release form required, and curfew applies.
Minor curfew: 12:00 midnight to 6:00 am throughout all convention space.
To attend an event marked 18+, you must have a hand stamp. ID will not be accepted at the door! Take your badge and valid, government-issued photo ID to the Programming Booth to get your stamp (or Programming Office after hours). Some 18+ events are before curfew hours.
No exceptions to curfew or 18+ restrictions!
30-minute line rule: Please don't line up more than 30 minutes ahead of any event.
Disability assistance: When registering for or checking in to the convention, members requesting disabilities accommodation can skip the regular registration line and receive service at the Registration management desk. Please visit the Operations Office for further disability accommodations throughout the convention.
Animals: The Oregon Convention Center prohibits all animals on its campus. This includes therapy or anxiety pets. Only animals trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability, through a specific action, are allowed. For any official Kumoricon programming held outside the Oregon Convention Center, the policies for the venue where that programming is held apply.
Lost and found: Lose your badge, phone, or wallet? Find a fellow attendee's lost item? Please pay us a visit in the Operations Office. If we don't have your lost badge, Registration can reprint it for you, but there may be a fee. After Sunday, 5:00pm, all lost items will be turned over to the Oregon Convention Center. For lost and found after this point, please contact the Oregon Convention Center directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-235-7575.
Info booth: Most convention questions can be answered at one of our info booths.
Harassment concerns? Flag down a nearby staff member, or visit the Operations Office to discuss or report an incident or concern.
Harassment and offensive behavior
We want Kumoricon to be a safe and comfortable place. Harassment and offensive behavior are prohibited. This includes:
- Unwanted physical contact
- Heckling or jeering, either to a person or at an event
- Staying near another person who has asked you to leave
- Repeatedly following another person
- Any form of rude, offensive, or disruptive behavior
Other banned conduct in convention space
- Consumption of alcohol (unless presented at an official convention event), drugs (including marijuana), smoking (including e-cigarettes), or intoxication
- Lewd conduct
- Unsafe behavior, including real or play fighting
- Selling or soliciting items or services
- Distribution of flyers or literature
Be polite with your camera and how you conduct your photography or video recording. Photography and video recording are generally permitted, except when:
- The subject asks you not to or attempts to leave upon seeing the camera;
- A reasonable person would know the subject would probably not want to be photographed under the circumstances;
- A panelist or event asks you not to, or a sign prohibits it;
- In viewing rooms, or art in the Art Show or Artist Alley (except with prior artist permission)
Cosplay, clothing, and coverage
Costumes or outfits must cover…
For females: The groin, complete buttocks, and sides of the breasts
For males: Equivalent of a shorts-style swimsuit
Private parts must be fully covered and not visible or simulated.
Masks or face coverings may not be worn in registration areas or hotel lobbies.
Footwear must be worn covering the bottom of the feet.
The following is not allowed in convention space:
- Signage or clothing containing profanity, explicit or graphic language, slurs, insults, threats, solicitations, or room party advertisements
- Costumes or props which are vulgar, obscene, graphic, or sexually themed
- We may limit offensive or disruptive costumes, props, signs, or clothing in our sole discretion
Prop and weapon safety
- Real firearms or ammunition (no exception for concealed carry)
- Functioning projectile weapons, devices, or toys, including items meant to be thrown
- Firearms or projectile items that look like they could be functioning from 10 feet away, even if they are non-functioning or are replicas
- Paddles (all varieties—including "yaoi" or "yuri" paddles)
- Live steel (sharp enough to cut)
- Potentially dangerous props which are not part of a bona fide costume
- Props wide or long enough to inhibit traffic
Peace-bonding: Any item or prop that could be used as a weapon, could be dangerous, or appears to be dangerous (even if it's not), must be peace-bonded. Peace-bonding is an agreement to carry your prop safely, and requires signing an acknowledgement of the requirements of safe carry. A staff member will attach a peace-tie to your item which signals to all staff that your item has been reviewed.
Where? Peace-bonding will be conducted outside Registration and outside the Exhibits Hall. After Exhibits Hall hours, this location will move to the Operations Office.
Examples of items requiring peace-bonding:
- Toy sword made of foam
- Replica sword made of dull steel
- Replica firearm
Examples of items not requiring peace-bonding:
- Teddy bear
- Do not brandish or wave around prop weapons
- Do not point prop firearms at anyone
- Prop firearms must have a highly visible orange tip
- Prop firearms and blades must always stay holstered, slung, or sheathed, except while posing for photos
Special exception for disabled projectile items: Projectile items or replica firearms are allowed only if they are, or have been made, permanently non-functional. "Permanently" means it is not possible to repair or restore the item to functionality. In most cases this means the item must be filled with glue and all moving parts rendered immobile.
Purchased items: If you buy a prop in the Exhibits Hall or Artist Alley, remember to get it peace-bonded, if needed. Also, exhibitors occasionally sell a few things that you can't carry around the con at all, like live steel swords. If you buy one of these, you need to immediately take it off-site or to your hotel room.
Any violation of this code of conduct or illegal action may be handled by a warning, temporary convention suspension, permanent membership revocation, or longer ban, in our sole discretion.
Allowable activity at the convention is at our sole discretion. If an authorized staff member tells you to stop doing something, remove an item, or leave an area, then it has the weight of this code of conduct, even if it's not printed in this code of conduct.
This code of conduct may be changed without notice. https://www.kumoricon.org/code-of-conduct will always contain the latest version, and printed copies will be given upon check-in to the convention.