Yushi-Con Convention Policies

Amended as of: 01/21/2019

Upon purchase of a badge, Yushi-Con attendees, guests, volunteers, security, and staff agree to follow and abide to the procedures below.

Registration

If registration happens to become hectic, convention attendees will be expected to form a line as directed by convention staffers.

Minors at Yushi-Con

All minors attending Yushi-Con MUST be accompanied by an 18+ adult at all times. Upon registration, Photo IDs will be checked. Minors will not be allowed to purchase/pickup badges (even if they have already been preregistered!), and are not allowed to attend the convention without an 18+ parent, guardian, or otherwise present for them.

18+ Programming Policy

If you had someone else purchase your badge for you, in order to get into our 18+ events you must go to the registration desk with a photo-id to obtain a wristband that indicates that you are 18+. Otherwise, if you are approved to pick up your badge, then you will receive a wristband as well.

Disruptive Behaviors

If any of these violations occur, Yushi-Con staff has the right to take action from a stern warning, to revocation of badge without refund. Examples of these violations are:

– Fighting

– Heckling

– Offensive Behavior

– Harassment

– Failure to adhere to basic hygiene

– Offensive Language

– Public Intoxication

-Excessively loud noises/music.

-Using noisemakers such as vuvuzelas and air horns, especially in hallways.

– Failure to Follow rules or instructions of staff

If behaviors are problematic, Yushi-Con staff reserves the right to take action. Respect your fellow community members (attendees, guests, volunteers, security, and staff), and treat them as how you would want to be treated.

Harassment

Yushi-Con will not tolerate any harassment on the convention premises. This policy applies to all attendees, guests, volunteers, security, and staff.

Harassment is generally defined as unwanted behavior that creates an intimidating, offensive, and/or hostile environment for the person being targeted. It can be physical or psychological. If someone tells you that your comments or behavior are unwelcome, you need to stop immediately. If that person tells you to leave them alone, you need to cease contact. Failure to do so is considered harassment.

First and foremost, Cosplay does NOT equal consent. Any inappropriate behavior toward cosplayers observed by Yushi-Con staff will be met with action immediately per harassment penalty guidelines.

Harassment includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, Repeated texting, phone calls, or emails, after being told to stop, inappropriate physical contact, inappropriate/non-consensual sexual attention, and any persistent action that creates a hostile environment for the person or persons being targeted.

Participants who are requested to stop any behavior are expected to do so immediately, otherwise immediate penalties will result dependent upon the severity of the action. These penalties include:

  • Verbal warnings. (You will only be warned once.)
  • Confiscation of your badge and ejection from the event, with no refunds.
  • Banning from any and all future events put on by Yushi-Con.
  • Contacting law enforcement when appropriate.

If you feel harassed, or notice someone else feels harassed, please report any incidents as soon as possible. We take all reports very seriously, regardless of who is involved. You can report harassment even if you are not the directly involved, and no retaliation for filing a report will be tolerated.

Harassment by any individual (which includes not just attendees, but also guests, volunteers, security, or staff) should be reported to the registration or front desk staff. However, if you are not comfortable reporting to the front or registration staff, you can report instances of harassment directly to the convention chair, Patricia, via email at conchair@yushicon.com where a response and immediate administrative investigation and action would be taken as appropriate according to penalty guidelines.

Cosplay

Cosplay does NOT equal consent. Please refer to “Harassment” for full cosplay harassment guidelines.

Costumes must cover any area usually hidden by a bathing suit (genitalia, buttocks, nipples unless otherwise specified). Flashing/mooning other people is considered harassment and will not be tolerated. Please be aware that businesses and other venues in the area may have stricter dress codes (e.g. shirts required before entry).

Shoes/footwear are required at all times.

Rollerblades/Heelys are prohibited for obvious safety concerns.

Masks worn by attendees should be easily removable on-request by staff.

Smoking

Please take smoking outside of the convention building, and please make sure that any lit cigarettes are completely put out after to eliminate fire hazard.

Vaping

For Vaping, or vaporizer pens, they may be permitted ONLY if the wattage/voltage of the battery is low enough to not create a distinct smell or vapor

Camera Etiquette

– Ask permission before taking photographs.

– Make sure not to impede any hallway traffic flow.

– Respect privacy of guests and attendees if they do not want their picture taken.

Weapons and Props

– No live steel weapons permitted on the convention premises

– No airsoft or pellet guns (Good alternatives would be solid-resin, non-moving part models)

– No Nunchaku of any kind

– No explosive chemicals or fireworks

– Handle all props responsibly

– Misuse will result in being asked to remove the prop from the convention building.

– Any prop that results in safety issues or obstructs hall/doorways may not be allowed in the convention space.

– Ask for a staffer or a volunteer if you are unsure of anything.

Signs

– Signs must be a part of the costume, and must be appropriate and not offensive.

Explicit Content

Any clothing, signs, props, or other materials containing explicit content must NOT be visible inside the convention space. Anyone in Artist Alley selling work with explicit content must have it out of view and must view a photo ID before showing it to interested customers. Customers must then keep the purchase in a pocket, bag, or case that does not allow it to be seen by other attendees. Ahegao shirts are prohibited.

Alcohol

Any convention member who is visibly intoxicated and/or causing a disturbance will be asked to leave the convention premises. If this behavior becomes persistent and depending on the severity of the initial offense, badges may be revoked without refund.

Dance Policy

– Shoes must be worn at all times at the dance.

– No outside food/drink.

– No Backpacks/Bags

Rules and Regulations pertaining to Dealers Den

– No Bootlegged Items; Any vendors found to have bootlegged items WILL be asked to leave without a refund.
– Height Restriction: Must be able to fit through a doorway; max 15ft
– Is expected to operate during dealer hall hours.
– Low level music is acceptable, but if it disrupts neighboring vendors it must be shut off.
– Do not show explicit art, which includes pornography, tasteful nudes are okay. If any explicit art is on open display you will be asked and expected to censor it or take it down.

– We will put a cap on booked tables to prevent saturation; we will determine the cap to match best in proportion to attendee turnout.

– Dealers will be congregated to one room

– Signage for Dealer’s room, panels, and others will become priority. All signage will be prepared, hung up, and ready the day before any load-in happens (to be arranged with the new venue)

– An artist application jurying system will be put in place in order to encourage diversity and variety in content. Content will be judged compared to what other applying dealers will offer to determine the most beneficial arrangement for both dealers and attendees.

Staff will check in with dealers periodically to see if anyone needs water, or if they need their booth watched so that they can take a bathroom break. Conversely, dealers can call on staff for water, or to watch their booth with a provided signal that they can wave to a staffer for assistance.

Dealers will receive one-page handouts with instructions on how to call on a staff member, where they can order food, where other Yushi-Con dealers can network online during and after the convention, and the dealer load-in/load-out schedule.

-Yushi-Con staff will ensure that dealers will have at least 2 hours of load-in time before the convention opens.

Dealers will be limited to purchasing only 2 tables.

And lastly, remember that you not only have to adhere to the rules of the convention, but of the venue as well.

 

Any Questions of Yushi-Con policies can be submitted via email @ conchair@yushicon.com

*These policies are currently subject to change over time.

**Our current harassment policy has been based on the boilerplate harassment policy provided by the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network, if you want to reference a harassment policy for other conventions to base on, or are a staffer for another event, please reference this sample policy: https://cosplayer-ssn.org/sample.php

 

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