Convention Harassment Policies

Conventions listed here are rated on various criteria that we look for in a quality harassment policy. If you're thinking of attending a convention, you can check out its "report card" to see how they stack up. Disappointed in their score? You can contact them—or ask us to—and request they add to their policy. If you run a convention and you've changed your policy to make it better, let us know and we'll update accordingly.

If you run a convention and you're looking to see a sample harassment policy, we've put one together here. We also have a pamphlet on what constitutes a good policy and how to contact conventions to ask them to improve it that can be downloaded here.

Criteria:

For starters, do they even have a policy? You would assume all conventions do at this point, but there are still some that do not have a policy posted on their website. Every convention should have this on their webpage—no exceptions. Such a policy needs to explicitly mention harassment; it's not enough to just say "if it's illegal, don't do it." Some conventions will have paragraph after paragraph about prop and weapon guidelines, but a code of conduct that consists of little more than "be nice and don't ruin other people's experience."

If they do have a policy listed on their site, is it easy to find? The policy should be either directly linked on the home page or found in a place that intuitively makes sense, such as under general policies, event information, or FAQs. It should not be only in an "attendees" section, or labeled as "attendee rules." This implies that staff, vendors, and volunteers don't have to comply with it. It shouldn't take more than three (3) mouse clicks to get there. If someone is being harassed, they don't have time to waste clicking all over a page trying to locate information they need.

Does the policy actually define harassment? Does it list examples of behaviors that are unacceptable, while specifying that such a list is not all-inclusive? Simply saying, "Cosplay is NOT Consent" is not enough; the term is too vague and fails to cover attendees who may not be in cosplay.

Does the policy explain what the consequences of harassment will be? Often policies just assure you that staff will "deal with" a situation. Good policies should clearly list possible consequences, such as confiscation of a badge, removal from the event, and/or being banned from any future events.

Does the policy explain what to do if con staff are the ones engaging in harassment? Nobody wants to believe someone in their organization could do such a thing, but just pretending like it won't happen isn't a solution. The policy needs to indicate to attendees who they can contact if they have a conflict with staff—hotel staff, outside security, etc. A policy that just says "call the police" isn't acceptable. Not every case of harassment needs police intervention, and people may be too frightened to call law enforcement.

Is there a contact listed so people know who to reach out to if they are harassed? A policy that says "find staff" is not acceptable. What do attendees do if a staff member isn't close by? What about people with mobility issues who may not be able to easily reach ConOps? There should be a phone number or email listed in the policy—and preferably on every badge and posted throughout the venue—so attendees can use their phone to reach someone for help.

If you know of a convention that needs to be added to the list, or if you find any broken links, please contact Fractali at admin@cosplayer-ssn.org.


A means they meet the criterion.
A means they have partially met the criterion.
A means they fail the criterion.

Even if a convention has a , there may still be room for improvement. For example, a convention may get a for having a policy, but if they have a for the rest of the categories, that indicates their policy is not sufficient.

Last updated: 10/21/18 - added CONvergence, another 6/6 con.


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Cruise conventions are listed under the state from which they are departing.

Of 190 conventions reviewed, only three meet all the criteria - CONvergence, Tekko, and Fan X Salt Lake Comic Con.


Alabama (6)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
A.g.S Con
Anime Weekend Atlanta
Campicon
Hamacon
Mobile Comic Con
NuCon

Note: Hamacon's statement that they have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment is easily missed; it's a few sentences under the heading of "Service Animals." They do state that their harassment policy applies to their staff as well as other attendees, but do not give information on what to do if a staff member is an offender.

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Alaska (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Taikai Convention
Senshi Con

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Arizona (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Saboten Con

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Arkansas (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Arkansas Anime Festival
Texark-anime

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California (11)

A guide to some of California's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
ANIME Impulse
Ani-Me Con
Anime Conji
Anime Expo
Anime Pasadena
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Crunchyroll Expo
CSUF Titan Con
FanimeCon
Kinyoubi-con
Ronin Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Stockton-Con

Note: Anime Expo has a code of conduct that does not specifically mention harassment.

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Colorado (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Colorado Anime Fest
Nan Desu Kan

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Connecticut (3)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Camp Anime
Connect-icon
Lock City Anime & Comic Con

Note: Connecticon's "policy" is basically just "please don't harass."

Note: Lock City Anime & Comic Con's policy is just "Cosplay is Not Consent" and an assertion that it is not tolerated. It states anyone who violates the policy will be ejected, but no indication of what their policy actually is. To find the policy, you have to go under Location/Travel, which is not intuitive.

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Delaware (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Dover Comic Con

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District of Columbia (2)

A guide to some of DC's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime USA
Otakon

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Florida (17)

A guide to some of Florida's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Festival Orlando
Anime Iwai
CBC Comic Book and Toy Show
Colossal-con Cruise
Emerald Coast Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Florida Supercon
Holiday Matsuri
Kaijucon
LumiCon
MEGACON Orlando
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Metro Con
NotCon at Sea
OUT Con
Sakura-Natsu-Con
Shado-Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
SWFL SpaceCon
Wasabi-con

Note: Colossalcon Cruise does not appear to have its own website yet; information is based on the ColossalCon East site that the cruise information was posted on.

Note: To find Holiday Matsuri's harassment policy, go to Information > Photography. They also have its harassment section separate from its "Cosplay is NOT Consent" section, with the latter focusing on obtaining consent for photographs.

Note: To find Metro Con's harassment policy, you need to click on Info > Policies/FAQ, then either scroll or click the Policies tab, then expand the Harassment section.

Note: Wasabicon has a clause in their harassment policy stating that they are "not responsible for solving any interpersonal problems" between attendees. The fact that this was included in the harassment section is a little troubling.

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Georgia (1)

A guide to some of Georgia's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
MomoCon

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Hawaii (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Amazing Comic Con Aloha
Comic Con Honolulu

Note: Amazing Comic Con Aloha's policy is simply "Cosplay is Not Consent" and does not specifically mention harassment.

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Idaho (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Mobile Comic Con

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Illinois (5)

A guide to some of Illinois's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Midwest
Anime Senpai
Anime-ZAP!
Chicago Pop Culture Con
Con Alt Delete

Note: Anime Midwest's policy is basically just "be nice" and "don't break laws." It is a Ryan Køpf con.

Note: Con Alt Delete & Anime-ZAP! are Ryan Køpf cons.

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Indiana (5)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Amaicon
Anime Cross-roads
Eville-Con
Indy PopCon
RamenCon
Note: Indy PopCon actually has its harassment section separate from its "Cosplay is NOT Consent" section, with the latter focusing on obtaining consent for photographs.

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Iowa (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime-Iowa
Anime-zing!

Note: Anime-zing!'s policy is basically just "be nice" and "don't break laws." It is a Ryan Køpf con.

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Kansas (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Festival Wichita

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Kentucky (3)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Fandom Fest
Ken-tokyo-con
OMG!Con

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Louisiana (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Mecha-Con
SBC Anime Festival

To find MechaCon's policy, you have to click Features > Cosplay then scroll to "Convention Interaction Policy." This fails to take into account the fact that not everyone at the convention may be in cosplay, but everyone needs to be able to easily find the policy.

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Maine (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
AniMaine
PortCon-Maine

Note: AniMaine does mention they have non-gendered bathrooms and people available to accompany individuals to places where harassment may happen—such as bathrooms—but oddly no policy about harassment on their site.

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Maryland (3)

A guide to some of Maryland's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Alien Con
Baltimore Comic Con
Southern Maryland Comic Con

Note: AlienCon's code of conduct states that it applies to all individuals, including staff, but doesn't specify to whom you should go to if your issue is with staff.

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Massachusetts (3)

A guide to some of Massachusetts's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Boston
Super Mega Fest
PAX East

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Michigan (3)

A guide to some of Michigan's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Doki-dokon
Jafax
Youmacon

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Minnesota (3)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ani-Minneapolis
CONvergence
Meta Con

Note: AniMinneapolis has a conduct policy, but it is very vague and does not use the word "harassment" at any point. It is a Ryan Køpf con.

Note: Meta Con is a Ryan Køpf con.

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Mississippi (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Mississ-ippi Comic Con

Mississippi Comic Con's policy is basically "be nice."

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Missouri (2)

A guide to some of Missouri's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Cave Con Spring-field
Cosplacon

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Montana (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ookii-Sora Con

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Nebraska (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
O Comic Con

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Nevada (2)

A guide to some of 's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Shine Con
SNAFU Con

Note: SNAFU Con states that a contact number is listed on their schedule or con book; as these things can get lost, it would be best to have them on badges as well, and listed on their site.

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New Hampshire (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Another Anime Con
Granite State Con

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New Jersey (3)

A guide to some of New Jersey's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime-NEXT
Derpy-Con
J1-Con

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New Mexico (3)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Albuquer-que Comic Con
Duke City Comic Con
Santa Fe Comic Con

Note: Duke City Comic Con's policy is little more than "Cosplay is Not Consent" and is found under the cosplay section, lumped in with other cosplay rules.

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New York (8)

A guide to some of New York's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Albacon
AniBash
Anime NYC
Borough-Con
Fandem-icon
Fan World
Liberty City Anime Con
New York Comic Con

Note: AniBash's website is very informal and they do not seem to have official policies.

Note: New York Comic Con has an app that you can use to report harassment, which is a good step, but a number or email should also be available for those who can't get the app to work on their phones.

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North Carolina (6)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ani-mazement
Asheville Anime Regional Convention
Cosplay America
Gamga Con
Raleigh Supercon
Queen City Anime Convention

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North Dakota (1)

A guide to some of North Dakota's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
CoreCon

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Ohio (8)

A guide to some of Ohio's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Ohio
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
Colossal-con
Karasu-con
Ohayocon
Matsuri-con
Put-in-Play Con
Zipcon

Note: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus's policy clearly states it applies to staff as well, but does not specifically say who to go to in the event of a complaint against staff.

Note: Ohayocon's policy is under Attend > Policies and Guidelines > Costumes and Props > Clothing and Costume Policies.

Note: Put-in-Play Con's anti-harassment policy is right on the home page, which is great; however, it's all the way at the bottom, which means some people might not be able to find it.

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Oklahoma (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Izumi-con
Tokyo in Tulsa

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Oregon (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Kumori-con
Rose City Comic Con

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Pennsylvania (10)

A guide to some of Pennsylvania's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Colossal-con East
GaoKon
Hazard Con
Saikou-Con
Shikka-ricon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Setsucon
RetroCon
Tekko
Thy Geekdom Con
Yushi-Con

Note: SaikouCon's code of conduct states twice that complaints of harassment may be just an "innocent misunderstanding" and people may act with "no malice intended," which makes it sound as if they are biased to believe such complaints are no big deal.

Note: Setsucon's policy is simply "if it's illegal, don't do it."

Note: Thy Geekdom Con's policy says if you are harassing someone, you "may" be asked to leave. No other information on consequences.

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Rhode Island (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Rhode Island Comic Con

Note: Rhode Island Comic Con's policy is under Cosplay > Policies, instead of in a general area that indicates they apply to all attendees.

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South Carolina (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Banzai-con

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South Dakota (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
SoDak Con
Sioux-perCon

Note: SoDak Con's general rules page is easy to find, but it does not mention harassment specifically; it only warns you to be courteous and not break the law. It does state that it has a two-strike policy, but it's vague on what a strike could be.

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Tennessee (4)

A guide to some of Tennessee's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Blues Con
Con-apalooza
JABEcon!
Yamacon

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Texas (22)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
AggieCon
A-Kon
AMA-Con
Animania Wichita Falls
Anime Austin
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
AnimeCTX
Anime Dallas
Anime Fest
Anime Sekai
Arling-Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Aselia Con
Comic-palooza
Delta H Con
Dreamcon
Fan Expo Dallas
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Magical Girl Day
Nomikai Dallas
Okashi-con
Oni-Con
Realms Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
San Japan
Texas Anime and Gaming Expo

Note: Animania Wichita Falls has a harassment policy at the bottom of their policy page; currently the in-page links do not work, so if you click on the one for the anti-harassment policy, you go to a 404 page. Fractali has emailed them letting them know, and once it is resolved the rating will be changed.

Note: AnimeCTX does a good job of explaining who attendees should go to if they believe staff or security are harassing them; they just need an email or number for people to use to contact that person.

Note: ArlingCon does not have a policy, per se; it refers you to the University of Texas Handbook, which has a harassment policy, but it's written for students. It's not clear what con attendees should do. To find it, you have to click the "Cosplay" image on the front page then scroll down to "UTA Policies and Procedures," then click on "Handbook of Operating Procedures,"
then click on the sexual harassment section.

Note: To find the Texas Anime and Gaming Expo's anti-harassment policy, you have to go to policies and then click a link at the bottom that says "Click here for more information." Very easy to miss.

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Utah (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Banzai
Fan X Salt Lake Comic Convention

Note: To find Anime Banzai's policy, go to About Us, scroll down to Rules and Regulations, open the PDF, and it's on the second page.

Note: Fan X Salt Lake Comic Con's policy is one of the best we've seen; you can read it here.

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Vermont (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Bakur-retsu Con

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Virginia (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Mid-Atlantic

Note: Anime Mid-Atlantic has a Convention Rules page that mentions harassment on one line.

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Washington (3)

A guide to some of Washington's laws can be found here.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Kobe Con
Kuro-Neko-Con
Radiant North-west

Note: Kobe Con's policy just states that harassment is prohibited.

Note: KuroNekoCon's policy just states that harassment is prohibited.

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West Virginia (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Tsubasa-con

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Wisconsin (5)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Milwaukee
Daisho-con
Geek.Kon
Kitsune-kon
Wausaubi-con

Note: Daisho Con's policy is simply "harassment is not allowed."

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Wyoming (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Cheyenne Comic Con

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Australia (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Oz Comic Con

Note: Oz Comic Con's policy clearly states it applies to staff as well, but does not specifically say who to go to in the event of a complaint against staff.

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Canada (15)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ani-maritime
Anime North
Cosplay Matsuri
Fan Expo Canada
FanQuest Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Hamilton Comic Con
Joy Con
Kawaii Land
KimiKon
Maple Gel Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ottawa Geek Market
Penti-Con
Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration
Windsor Comicon
YetiCon

Note: KimiKon's "policy" can be found by clicking on Registration > Attendee and then downloading the terms of service. The ToS also says you waive any right to sue them for damages and restitution.

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India (1)

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Comic Con Hyder-abad

Comic Con Hyderabad states their policy applies to staff, and lists alternate individuals you can report harassment to, in addition to staff.

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