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CostumeCon 36 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form.

This policy applies to all participants at the convention, including but not limited to members, panelists, guests, exhibitors at fan tables, vendors, as well as convention and venue staff. We expect participants to follow these rules at all convention venues and convention-related social events.

What is harassment?

Harassment is generally defined as a course of conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety.

Harassment is unwanted, unwelcome and/or uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a physically or mentally hostile environment for the victim.

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome or inappropriate verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion
  • Inappropriate sexual images in public spaces, including items on display by vendors or at fan tables, or items displayed during a talk
  • Visual insults such as derogatory posters or cartoons
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Unwelcome sexual attention

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If someone tells you “no” or asks you to leave them alone, your business with them is done.

If you are being harassed:

If you feel that you are being discriminated against or harassed, or if you notice someone behaving inappropriately (such as violating hotel or convention policies), we respectfully suggest the following:

  • If you feel comfortable doing so, point out the inappropriate behavior to the person(s) involved. Often this will solve 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 to any convention staff member or to hotel security, who will help you make contact with convention staff.
  • In the case of harassment at an open party, you may also report the issue to the party host.

When making any report it would be extremely helpful if you could provide a name, badge name/number and/or physical description of the person(s) involved.  Please remember that we need to know about any incidents during the con in order to take action.

What the staff can do:

We say again: if you are being harassed, or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of convention staff immediately.

Convention staff will be happy to assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention. This may include taking a report with or without further action as requested by the person giving the report, providing escorts, speaking to exhibitors or other public persons, contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, or further steps as necessary.

Costume-Con 36 reserves the right to revoke the membership of anyone failing to conform to the letter and spirit of these policies, those of our hotel, and the laws of the City of San Diego and the State of California. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers.

Convention staff can be identified by special badges or ribbons:

  • Convention security can be identified by a ribbon stating “Security”.
  • Convention Committee members have a ribbon stating “Committee”.