Code of Conduct

I. Harassment and Discrimination Policy:

NorthAmeriCon ’17 is dedicated to providing a safe and intentionally inclusive space for all attendees and staff of the convention. To that end, we hereby pledge to establish and maintain a visible and transparent approach to eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination within our convention spaces. Violations of our policy will be investigated honestly with any appropriate actions taken in a timely manner. This action may include revocation of membership, removal from the convention, and referral to local law enforcement.

Our desire to provide an intentionally inclusive space includes, but is not limited to, the following characteristics whether they are real or perceived: race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical or mental ability, socioeconomic status, age, body size/shape, citizenship status, political affiliations, religion or creed, and/or achievements/legacy.

NorthAmeriCon ’17 defines harassment as offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwelcome photography and/or recording, disruption of convention events, and inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact.

II. Incident Reporting:

If you experience a violation of the Code of Conduct, we encourage you to report it to any staff member of the convention. Every member of the convention’s staff will ensure your safety and privacy while conducting a full and thorough investigation. You will not be named in the investigation, and we will ensure that our findings are shared with you.

III. Drug/Alcohol Policy:

Simply put, if it is illegal outside the convention then it is illegal inside our walls. We expect every member of NorthAmeriCon ’17 to follow all local ordinances regarding alcohol service/consumption and  smoking (including traditional tobacco products and/or electronic cigarettes and “vaping”). NorthAmeriCon ’17 will partner with all necessary local law enforcement and emergency services to ensure the safety and health of all our members.

IV. Financial Responsibility:

Members of NorthAmeriCon ’17 are expected to meet all financial obligations to the convention in a timely fashion. Violations of this policy may result in revocation of membership and removal from the convention.

V. Safety:

NorthAmeriCon ’17 expects that attendees will obey any and all local safety measures. Further, we would ask that designated access areas be kept available for those that may need these spaces.

VI: Weapons:

NorthAmeriCon ’17 is committed to providing a safe space for all convention members. To that end, it is our policy that there will be no weapons inside common convention spaces. This includes knives, swords, firearms or other martial weaponry – whether actual or perceived as such, which may be used to inflict damage on another person or object. If a weapon is purchased in the dealer’s room, it is to be transported immediately to your hotel room and stored there for safe keeping.

If a weapon is to be used for cosplay, it must be presented to Operations for review. This review may include peacebonding and/or a denial of carry/use inside convention spaces. Convention Operations is the sole and final arbiter of whether or not the item is acceptable. When in doubt, check it out.

NorthAmeriCon ’17 reserves the right to revoke the membership and/or paid fees, without refund or reimbursement, of anyone found to be in violation of this policy. The lone exception is on duty law enforcement personnel acting in an official capacity. Off duty law enforcement personnel are expected to follow our no-weapons policy, as is anyone with a concealed carry permit.

VII: Badges:
Once your membership badge is picked up from Registration, it must be worn at all times while in convention spaces. This may include, but is not limited to, panel events, dealers hall, art show, special events, concerts, and hospitality.

VIII: Corollary:

In the event that an action deemed potentially harmful to the convention or its goals occurs, the convention reserves the right to take all necessary action to ensure the safety and security of our members and attendees. This may include revocation of any fees without reimbursement and removal from convention spaces.