Kumoricon Convention Code of Conduct
This code of conduct was in place for the 2019 convention and has not yet been updated to reflect COVID-19 precautions for the 2021 convention. The board of directors is closely following national and local guidelines as they develop, and is working with the OCC and Hyatt directly, to determine the precautions and rules that will be in place at the convention. Once we are comfortable setting firm expectations, we will make all of our expectations public and this code of conduct will be updated to include them. References in our 2019 code of conduct to masks and facial coverings were written pre-COVID with only costume masks in mind, and all relevant rules and expectations will be updated before the 2021 convention.
Content last updated October 14, 2019
- Everyone must present valid, government-issued photo ID to buy a membership or to check in.
- Your badge is your proof of membership. You must wear it at all times in convention space.
- Attendees under age 18 must present a signed parent permission and liability release form at time of entry.
- Attendees under age 18 must leave convention space between the curfew hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 am. (There is no exception for parent accompaniment.)
- Attendees under age 13 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
- To attend an event marked age 18+, you must have a hand stamp. ID will not be accepted at the door of the event. To get a hand stamp, please present both your badge and valid government-issued photo ID to the Programming Booth. (There is no exception to the hand stamp requirement for parent accompaniment.)
- Please do not line up more than 30 minutes ahead of any event.
- All guest autograph sessions require an advance pass to enter which are given out in a random drawing earlier that day. No passes are given out at entry to the signing session. Please review our Autograph Passes procedure for instructions.
- 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.
Cosplay, clothing, and coverage
- Our coverage policy is gender-neutral. Costumes or clothing must cover the following: complete groin and buttocks, and approximately 60% of the breast area, including 100% nipple coverage. Coverage may not be sheer or transparent, painted on, or overly form-fitting to the point where it reveals the details of genitalia.
- Masks or face coverings may not be worn in registration areas or hotel lobbies.
- Footwear must be worn which covers the bottom of the feet.
- Costume props that may be potentially dangerous, or may appear to be potentially dangerous (even if they aren't), must be peace-bonded upon entry to the convention, or upon purchase of the item in the Exhibits Hall.
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.
Peace-bonding is conducted outside Registration and outside the Exhibits Hall. After Exhibits Hall hours, this location will move to the Operations Office.
Harassment and other prohibited behavior
- Harassment, and any behavior that disrupts another person's experience, are prohibited. Disallowed behavior includes unwanted physical contact, threats, heckling or jeering, or any other form of rude, offensive, or disruptive behavior. This policy applies regardless of whether the behavior is aimed at a specific person.
- If another person no longer wishes to speak to or interact with you, you must immediately cease your conversation and interaction with them, and you may not follow them to another area.
If you experience harassment or other unwanted behavior, please visit the Operations Office to discuss or report an incident or concern. We strongly encourage attendees to report an incident as soon as possible after it occurs.
Other prohibited behavior
- Consumption of alcohol (unless presented as part of an official convention event), consumption of illegal drugs (including marijuana), smoking or use of e-cigarettes, or intoxication
- Lewd conduct
- Unsafe behavior, including real or play fighting
- Selling or soliciting items or services
- Distribution of flyers or literature
- Brandishing, waving around, or pointing prop weapons
Prop firearms and blades must always stay holstered, slung, or sheathed, except while posing for photos.
The following items are prohibited:
- Functional firearms or ammunition (no exception for concealed carry)
- Functioning projectile weapons, devices, toys, including items meant to be thrown; or paddles
- Swords and props which contain live steel (sharp enough to cut)
- Any prop firearm that does not have a highly visible orange tip, or that for any other reason looks like it could be functional from 10 feet away, even if they are non functioning
- Potentially dangerous props which are not part of a bona fide costume
- Any props or items that inhibit traffic due to their size
- Any signage or clothing containing profanity, explicit or graphic language or imagery, slurs, insults, threats, solicitations, or room party advertisements
- Costumes, props, or items of clothing which are vulgar, obscene, graphic, or sexually themed
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.
We may limit any other offensive, disruptive, or unsafe costumes, props, signs, or clothing in our sole discretion.
Be polite with your camera and how you conduct your photography or video recording. Photography and video recording are generally permitted. However:
- It is strictly prohibited to take a photo of any person who asks you not to, or shows by their body language that they do not wish to be photographed.
- It is also prohibited to take a photo if a reasonable person would know the subject(s) would probably not want to be photographed under the circumstances.
- Photography is not allowed in any event where the event host asks you not to, there is a sign prohibiting it, or in viewing rooms, Artist Alley, Small Press, or the Art Show; except with on-the-spot artist permission.
- 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 asks 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 are available at the convention.