In order to make sure that your Colossalcon experience is fun, enjoyable and safe, we ask you to please read over these important convention rules.
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A primary goal of Colossalcon is to be inclusive to the anime community and attendees as a whole, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our event as well as meetings, business, community social media as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
We invite all those who participate in Colossalcon to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community. Violations of our Code of Conduct may result actions such as:
If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.
The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community:
The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:
Unacceptable behavior from any member of staff, volunteer, attendee, participant, sponsor, vendor, contractor, partner, or guest, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a badge holder individual engages in unacceptable behavior, the Colossalcon organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event). If the offense is deemed illegal and/or needing legal authorities, the individual(s) will be subject to the full extent of local law.
If you are subject to and/or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a convention organizer as soon as possible.
You now have multiple ways to address unacceptable behavior or violations in our code of conduct: At a convention or event- contact security. Locate an Colossalcon security taskforce member (typically a staffer wearing a security shirt/vest and has a security badge) and they will assist you in filing a report. If you CANNOT find security, please find a convention staffer, or go to Con Operations.
Additionally, convention organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe.
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify Colossalcon with a concise description of your grievance using our contact us page.
We expect all convention participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all venues-online and in-person-as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to convention business. Limitations: Illegal Code of Conduct violations occurring outside of official event or online spaces cannot be enforced by Colossalcon; situations of this nature might require engagement of law enforcement by the individual. Examples including, but not limited to: stalking, drugs, weapons, assault (sexual or otherwise).
Colossalcon expects all representatives at every level to conduct yourself in a professional and business appropriate manner while representing the organization. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, and violations will be considered grounds for possible and immediate termination with the organization.
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The Citizen Code of Conduct is distributed by Stumptown Syndicate under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy. Revision 2.3. Posted 6 March 2017. Revision 2.2. Posted 4 February 2016. Revision 2.1. Posted 23 June 2014. Revision 2.0, adopted by the Stumptown Syndicate board on 10 January 2013. Posted 17 March 2013.
Our event strives to provide a fun and safe atmosphere for the attendees. Anyone who is making an effort to make people feel uncomfortable is not contributing to the fun atmosphere and potentially making it unsafe. Anyone caught doing so, may face consequences ranging from a verbal warning to expulsion from the event and property.
This policy is to applicable to all persons in attendance, including staff, vendors, panelists, etc. This policy also expressly prohibits retaliation of any kind against anyone who is identifying themselves of being harassed or reporting harassment.
Harassment by anyone (attendees, guests, volunteers, security, staff, and/or venue employees) should be reported, and can be reported by anyone. Click here to report.(coming soon)
Please read and understand our guidelines below:
Undesired behavior, derogatory comments, stalking, and/or unnecessary intentional physical blocking of others that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment for the person being targeted. Harassment can take many forms: physical or psychological, verbal and non-verbal, and may be subtle, unintentional, premeditated, and it is not always evident. No gender identity makes harassment acceptable or wanted, and all gender identities are to consent.
Colossalcon has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind. This pertains to any (sorted alphabetically) of these Representations of Individuals*:
If someone tells you that your comments or behavior are unwelcome, you must stop immediately. If that person tells you to leave them alone, you must cease contact. It doesn't matter whether you think your behavior was harassing: harassment is defined by the victim and you must respect their boundaries.
If a person is in cosplay, be mindful your words towards them and how you act around them. This is a real person with a life outside of their cosplay. If you are in cosplay as a character that might harass others, that does not give you a pass to harass real people even if you are “in character.”
In regards to photography, touching, and communication: ask first and respect a person's right to say no. “No” always means “No.” “Go away” means “go away.” Only “Yes” means “yes.” Do not follow or attempt to disrupt their convention experience in any way upon being asked to leave or that they do not consent to a request.
In the event of harassment:
If you feel that you or another person is being harassed or being subjected to prejudiced or unwelcome behavior; or if you withness someone behaving inappropriately (such as violating hotel or convention policies), we respectfully suggest the following:
Con staff will request names, badge names, badge numbers and/or physical descriptions of the person(s) for further investigation and follow up.
A “Safe Space” is a location within the convention that are, or can be altered to be places of increased physical, intellectual, and/or emotional security. “Safe Spaces” either have staff present or we can summon to the location to assist. These locations are provided to anyone who seeks them, without judgement and without expressions of doubt.
Our level of involvement will be your choice. Our response can range from a verbal warning the other party to contacting local law enforcement and assisting them. You will not be required to confront the other party and unless you tell us otherwise, we will not reveal your identity to them.
Depending on the severity of the offense, actions may result in confiscation of the offender's badge and removal from the convention without refund. If law enforcement becomes involved, please be professional and respectful.
If additional support is needed, Colossalcon staff/security will also assist in escorting you to where you feel safe and/or getting you in contact with your friends or family.
Colossalcon reserves the right to revoke membership and deny future membership to individuals in violation of its Code of Conduct, or those who are deemed to pose a legitimate threat to the safety of the convention and its attendees.
If the offender is an internal with the convention (Minor and Senior Staff/Security), we will create counsel with the department heads and senior staff to determine if the individual(s) will continue to move forward with the organization.
This policy applies to everyone at the convention, including attendees, panelists, vendors, guests, and staff. If you have any concerns prior to the convention, you can contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Please refer to our cosplay prop chart to see if your prop will be permitted at the con
Regarding weapons purchased in the dealers room: After purchasing a weapon that normally violates our Prop policy, it must remain in its packaging and be taken immediately to your room or car for storage.
No metal swords, knives, bayonets, cane-swords, and/or other objects made of metal, which have a sharp point or sharpened edge. Exceptions may be made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
Firearms: Absolutely no real or replica guns of any kind permitted.
Toy or fake prop guns must be easily identifiable with no moving parts and that have a clearly visible orange tip will be permitted. Resin models will be permitted as long as they are marked with clearly visible orange tip.
Real nunchaku are not permitted. Nunchaku made of craft materials are permitted, but may not be swung.
There are to be no explosives or chemicals of any kind, including but not limited to smoke powder, sparklers and fireworks.
Bows must be unstrung at the con. Exceptions may be made on a case my case basis with the cosplay department while taking part in the masquerade.
Props and prop weapons made of craft materials are permitted if they are safe and not dangerous to the other con-goers around you. Props must be less than 8 feet in height. Props should be able to be carried reasonably by you. Props that need to be carried by two or more people are not permitted
Sharp Edges or spikes: Any edge that can easily cut or damage other persons or property through normal handling.
Projectiles: Props may not fire projectiles. Nerf and/or water toys are permissible if they are not loaded and handled responsibily.
Tripping Hazards: Parts that are dragging that could trip someone, such as (but not limited to) dragging rope, chain, or cord.
Clotheslining: Parts, such as wire, rope, or string that under normal handling, could severely injure another attendee.
Any other hazard that Colossalcon staff feel could potential endanger other persons, personal property, or Kalahari property.
Misuse of any prop, will result in immediate revokation of prop privileges.
Do not swing or brandish props in crowded areas
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
For everyone's safety, security and peace of mind, prop and toy guns should remain concealed when outside of the convention center area.
No bags, backpacks, etc permitted. Exceptions are made for medications, and feminine products.
Do not try to get on the stage.
Cosplay is welcome in the Kalahari waterpark during both day and the after hours events held each day. Cosplay props must follow all prop rules and are subject to Kalahari judgement as to whether or not they are allowed into the waterpark.