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KotoriCon Policies

It is very important that guests planning to attend KotoriCon read and understand these policies; everyone is expected to follow the rules. Policies will be prominently displayed during the convention.

The KotoriCon organization works hard to provide a safe, family-friendly environment. However, to achieve this, it needs the help and cooperation of guests. Convention policies range in scope from permitted props and weapons to lost children.

 

Disruptive Behavior Policy

First and foremost, KotoriCon officials will not tolerate disruptive behavior of any kind; action will be taken if something is considered dangerous or disruptive. Actions vary from a quiet but stern word in private to forcible ejection from the convention. Guests are encouraged to show common courtesy to their fellow Otaku, and to follow the rules, so that no problems arise.

 

Examples of Disruptive Behavior

  • Fighting (fake or real)

  • Heckling

  • Impeding traffic flow

  • Offensive behavior and inflammatory language

  • Failure to observe basic hygiene

  • Public inebriation (or similar intoxication)

  • Failure to follow the rules and directions of staff members

 

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited inside campus buildings. Smoking is allowed outside ONLY in designated areas. 

 

Line Etiquette

Please remember that following the directions of staff members will make the lines run smoother for everyone! Guests are not allowed to hold places in line for other people; those who are caught jumping or cutting in line will be sent to the end. Lines cannot block entrances or exits, so please leave a gap in front of the door.

 

Camera Usage

The use of all cameras and video equipment are prohibited within certain areas of the convention, including the screening rooms and of specific displayed table items in Artists' Alley.

 

Photographing Guests

KotoriCon's guests have the right to maintain their privacy. Convention members may be asked to refrain from photographing guests if they would prefer not to have their picture taken.

 

Please Remember

  • Guests will join con-goers for a photo opportunity if they choose to have their picture taken.

  • Photographers may not post pictures taken at KotoriCon for sale online or solicit payment from attendees.

  • When stopping to take photographs in the hallways, please be considerate of fellow con goers. Be brief and do not block traffic.

 

Children at KotoriCon

KotoriCon is a family-friendly event with programming for ages 13 and older. This policy is to ensure the safety of the younger attendees.

Requirements

  • A parent or guardian must accompany all children younger than age 12 at all times.

  • Anyone younger than age 16 must come with an adult age 18 or older who has their own ticket.

  • Children are required to carry some form of written identification and parent/guardian contact information with them at all times. This is so that KotoriCon staff may contact the parent or guardian should the need arise.

Please note: there is no convention-wide public announcement system. KotoriCon staff are unable to page children if they are separated from their groups.  

 

Recommendations

Here are some suggestions for keeping children safe:

  • Do not leave children unattended at KotoriCon.

  • Make sure children know important information, such as their parent's name, what they are wearing, and cellular and home phone numbers. If a child is lost, staff will make every attempt to contact parents/guardians through this information.

  • It is a good idea to set up meeting places and times for children older than 12. Parents should notify the Registration Desk if they cannot find their children at the designated meeting place or cannot establish contact.

KotoriCon wishes everyone a safe and happy convention!

 

Signs at KotoriCon

No signs are permitted at the convention except for those that are an established part of a costume. (The sign must be part of the standard "look" of the character). Signs in violation of this policy will be confiscated. Repeat offenders will be considered in violation of the disruptive behavior policy.  Please note that this rule applies to all types of signs, regardless of construction. KotoriCon staff decisions regarding signs are final.

 

Costume Props at KotoriCon

Prohibited Props and Weapons

Props and weapons that are not permitted at KotoriCon include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • NO LIVE STEEL:

    • Swords, bayonets and knives (regardless of sheath)

    • Star knives and shurikens

    • Metal armor, including chainmail

    • Other objects made of metal, which can take an edge. This holds true regardless of whether the object is actually sharp

    • Metal studs on costumes or other metal components of costumes/props may also be subject to approval by KotoriCon

  • NO GUNS OF ANY KIND:

    • Airsoft guns, regardless of whether or not it is functional; a non-functional airsoft gun with no moving parts is still an airsoft gun

    • BB guns and pellet guns

    • Crossbows, dart guns and blowguns

    • Water guns or water pistols

    • Stun guns and tasers

    • The ONLY exception to this rule will be prop guns or resin models that are easily identifiable as toys, provided they possess no moving parts and are clearly marked with a non-removable orange tip

  • NO PADDLES:

    • This includes Yaoi/Yuri Paddles

  • NO NUNCHAKU

  • NO EXPLOSIVES or CHEMICALS:

    • Smoke powder

    • Sparklers

    • Fireworks of any kind

  • NO BUCKETS

Illegal weapons will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

 

Permitted Props

  • Staves, bo sticks, boken, shinai and wooden swords are permitted as long as they are handled responsibly and meet all other criteria.

  • Fake, prop or made-up weapons (i.e. made of tissue paper, plaster of Paris, cloth) are permitted if they are safe and not dangerous to others.

  • Examples of dangerous conditions include, but are not limited to, items that may trip others, that can snag on people or surroundings and can obstruct doors and hallways.

  • Any metal chains are to be less than three feet in length. This includes, but is not limited to chain wallets or any non-costume chains as well.

 

Behavior with Weapons/Props

  • Misuse of a weapon or prop, such as swinging it in a public area or posing a hazard to others, will result in it being deemed unsafe for the convention. Guests will be asked to remove the item from the convention center.

  • All props and weapons brought into the convention may be inspected and either approved or rejected by KotoriCon staff, including those that may have had prior approval (other conventions, previous conventions or pre-convention approval by KotoriCon staff).

  • Any item that poses a potential safety hazard may need to be removed from the convention. This includes any costume, prop or accessory that obstructs doors or hallways, or otherwise poses any kind of danger to other attendees, staff or convention center property.

  • When in doubt, check with KotoriCon staff. Also please note that just because a staff member has not stopped to check the item, it does not mean the item is allowed.

 

Masks

In general, masks are not permitted except for those that are an established part of a costume. For security purposes, all attendees who wish to wear a mask will be asked to pose in front of the security camera with their mask off and on. When in doubt, check with KotoriCon staff. Smile for the cameras!

 

Games

The spontaneous playing of dancing games at KotoriCon is always appreciated but needs to be moved to areas that do not block doorways or walkways.

 

Solicitation

Only approved artists and dealers are authorized to sell materials or provide services at KotoriCon.  Photographers may not post pictures taken at KotoriCon for sale online or solicit payment for photographs from attendees.

 

For More Information

All decisions made by KotoriCon staff are final. Please direct questions to contact@kotoricon.org.