Rules and Policies
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.
Lost Badge Policy
Lost Badges = Buy a new Badge.
- If you do lose your badge please check with Convention Operations (Con Ops) to see if it has been returned.
- Please return all “Found” badges to Con Ops.
- Proper identification MUST be provided in order for your lost badge to be returned to you.
- We suggest writing you name on the back of your badge.
1.Anything that is illegal outside of the convention is illegal inside the convention.
2.Harassment will not be tolerated. Colossalcon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.
3.Please no glomping. We’ve had casualties.
4.Please take mock battles outside (unless its part of an event).
5.Note that behavioral policy is subject to perspective: if you are doing anything out of line;
Staff reserve the right to revoke your badge without question or fairness. All Staff decisions are final.
Code of Conduct
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:
• Internal investigation from senior staff
• Ejection and revocation of event badge (staff, panelist, etc. are not exempt from this rule)
• Ban from online participation and/or future events
• Possible prosecution and enforcement from legal authorities
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.
2. Expected Behavior
The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community:
• Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
• Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
• Attempt collaboration before conflict.
• Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech and in written form.
• Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
• Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
3. Unacceptable Behavior
The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:
• Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
• Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
• Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material (exceptions are 18+ carded events, panels, etc).
• Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
• Public displays of intoxication and heckling.
• Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
• Inappropriate photography or recording (excludes con official photography team (see photography policy)).
• Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them (please see our anti-harassment policy here).
• Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
• Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following (online or in person).
• Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
• Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations at conventions or events.
• ANYTHING THAT IS ILLEGAL IN THE PUBLIC LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAW IS ALSO ILLEGAL AT OUR EVENTS.
4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
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.
5. Reporting Guidelines
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.
Online/Anonymously- Colossalcon SafeTalk
Social Media- Any unacceptable behavior will be reported (Twitter, Facebook, etc) by DM/PM or by the Colossalcon SafeTalk portal
Additionally, convention organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe.
6. Addressing Grievances
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.
7. Scope/Volunteers and Staff
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.
8. Contact info
9. License and attribution
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.
Anti Harassment Policy
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:
DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT:
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*:
• Body Size
• Gender Identity
• Gender Presentation
• National Origin
• Race or Ethnicity
• Religion (or lack of)
• Sexual Orientation
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.
What constitutes harassment?
• Threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
• Discriminatory jokes, insults, bullying,) innuendoes, and language towards any of the Representations of Individuals above in regards to their appearance, ability, or anything disparaging. This is not to confused with occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature (Complimenting someone’s personality, skills, and/or style, rather than directing it towards a physical asset of that individual.)
• Threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
• Public displays of intoxication and heckling.
• Degrading sexual remarks (referring to someone as a stud, hunk or babe), whistling, cat calls, comments on a person’s body or sex life, and/or any kind of non-consensual flirting, sexual advances, or pressures for sexual favors.
• Sustained disruption of speakers, panels, signings, or other even
• Repeated texting, phone calls, and/or emails, after being told to stop
• Inappropriate, unwanted physical contact: Brushing against a person’s body, glomping, hugging, patting, physical/sexual assault and/or battery, and/or touching.
• Inappropriate, unwanted non-physical contact: Gestures, staring, standing too close, exposing oneself, or miming sexual acts.
• Exposing an individual(s) to substance/chemicals against their will.
• Deliberately stalking, intimidating, following someone, entering an attendee’s room against their wishes, or blocking a person’s movement (bathroom policing), attending a person’s panels solely to intimidate them.
• Deliberately harassing or interrupting photography or recording.
• Covert photography or videography for the purpose of exploitation (hidden cameras, upskirt video, etc.).
• Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material (exceptions are 18+ carded events, panels, etc).
• Racist or other derogatory cartoons or drawings.
Cosplay is not consent:
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:
• If you feel you can point out the inappropriate behavior to the person(s) involved. This may de-escalate the problem immediately.
• If you do not feel comfortable talking with the person(s) involved or if talking to them does not resolve the issue, please report the situation immediately verbally via general staff (identified by a staff badge), security (identified by a security badge), or department head. You also have the option to alert the staff via our Speak Talk.
Con staff will request names, badge names, badge numbers and/or physical descriptions of the person(s) for further investigation and follow up.
• If you feel threatened, make it a priority to remove yourself and others threatened from the situation, come to Con Operations, security, or find anyone on staff. You can also text Operations via the Colossalcon Speak Talk Portal so we can arrange an escort to come get you.
• Please report the event to staff as soon as you’re comfortable. Time can determine how successful we can be at de-escalating or catching the harasser, Faster reporting also decreases the likelihood of more victims.
What is a Safe Space?
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:
-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.
PROPS NOT PERMITTED
-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.
-No real or replica guns of any kind permitted. Exceptions may be made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
Exceptions regarding guns
-Easily identifiable toy plastic guns 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.
-Nunchakus are not permitted. Nunchaku made out of craft materials for cosplay purposes will be permitted in the halls so long as it is not misused. Exceptions otherwise may be made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
-There are to be no explosives or chemicals of any kind, including but not limited to smoke powder,
sparklers and fireworks.
-Bows: Bows must be unstrung at the con. We understand that your bow may be an important part of your cosplay, but we don’t wish for people to be accidentally harmed. Exceptions may be made on a case my case basis with the cosplay department while taking part in the masquerade.
-Fake or made-up weaponry (example: made of wood, plastic, foam, plaster of Paris, cloth etc) are permitted if they are safe and not dangerous to the other con-goers around you. For example, dangerous conditions include but are not limited to wires sticking out, items that trip passersby, clothes lining a member, etc.
-Please limit the size of the weapons to less than 8 feet in height and must be a reasonable weight (I.e… if you can’t carry it on your own or it requires more than one person then it will not be permitted. If you do happen to make something heavy, make sure you are able to carry it without a problem.
BEHAVIOR OF PROPS
-Misuse of any Prop, such as swinging it in a public area or causing hazards to passerby attend, will get your privilege revoked immediately.If we deem a Prop to be unsafe for the convention, we will request you to store the unsafe prop in your private quarters (i.e.: your room or car). If there is a repeat offense, we will escort you out of the convention and off of convention grounds so that you can place the weapon in your private quarters.
-All Props brought into the convention should be brought to the security desk for inspection by security staff.
-All questionable items will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Anything deemed illegal outside the convention is deemed illegal inside the convention premises.
INFORMAL DANCE POLICIES
-No bags, backpacks, etc permitted. Exceptions are made for medications, and feminine products.
-Do not try to get on the stage.
COLOSSALCON DRESS CODE
-Please do not wear clothing with distasteful messages or words.
-Proper footwear is required at all times by the Kalahari. An exception is made for cosplayers during the masquerade.
-No roller blades, roller skates, or hoveboards. An exception is made for cosplayers during the
-Short skirts, kilts, etc must be accompanied by proper underwear. Ineffective underwear or a lack
thereof constitutes indecent exposure. A dancer’s belt must be worn with bodysuit.
-Clothing should at least cover what a 2-piece bikini (for females) or swim shorts (for males) would cover. This is a Kalahari policy.
-Signs that are held or messages/words written on shirts or your body are permitted but they must stay tasteful.
-Any replica firearms must be kept concealed outside of the convention space. The Kalahari’s security force cannot determine if your firearms is real or replica through their black and white security cameras. They have a duty to investigate anything that resembles a firearm outside of our convention space. Failure to conceal or cooperate with Kalahari security may result in your being removed from the premises. Our allowing replica firearms within the convention space is the result of a compromise with the Kalahari, so we appreciate your cooperation, so that we can continue to allow prop firearms inside the convention. Thank you!
SELLING OF ITEMS
-Unless you are part of the artist alley or dealers room you cannot sell anything. The exception to this is the Otaku Flea Market where you will be allowed to sell your unwanted anime & manga related items.
-Glow sticks, energy drinks, crafted items, and art are never permitted (except for AA and dealer room).NO Panhandling of any kind
Waterpark Prop and Cosplay Policy
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.
-Flotation devices are not allowed in the water. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis (by the Kalahari) when it is obvious that the flotation devices are being used as cosmetic props for photography use -only-.
-All makeup and hair dye exposed to water in the Kalahari waterpark should not be in the water unless it has been properly sealed.
-Wigs are allowed in the Kalahari waterpark but all efforts should be made to ensure that wigs do not come off/interfere with any park operations.
-Colossalcon does not promote or condone body shaming in any manner, but our organization must comply with the standards set forth by the waterpark. Per Kalahari rules, all bathing suits throughout the Kalahari Resorts property must cover a minimum of the genitals, and female nipples. Full-body swimsuits are also permitted. Anyone not going in the pools/on the rides may wear normal attire throughout the waterpark.
-Mermaid Tails are permitted around the pools and at the water’s edge. You are not permitted to swim with a mermaid tail in the pools.