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." A policy that specifically shows the word "harassment" but is limited to "no harassment," "harassment will not be tolerated," or "we have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment" with no further explanation, resources, or consequences can only receive an asterisk. Discord servers do not count as a website and any information about a harassment policy located solely on a Discord server cannot be counted as "publicly available" information. Lastly, conventions need to have their policies up on their website year-round, not just before the event or intermittently throughout the year, because our ratings come from publicly available information. We can't rate a policy that does not exist at the time of review.

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 have updated your own convention's policy, you can fill out the form here. If you find any broken links or have any questions about this page, please contact Fractali at admin@cosplayer-ssn.org. This is a perpetual work in progress!


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: 4.24 - Congratulations to FanimeCon on their newly 6/6 policy!
4.15 - May 2024 anime + fan cons evaluated and 68 added that were previously not listed. Congrats to Comicpalooza and River City Steam Punk for becoming newly 6/6!


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Traveling Conventions

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

Of 833 conventions reviewed as of 4.24.2024, only 48 meet or have met all the criteria, with 5 of those being confirmed (**) or suspected (*) to be inactive - Anime Boston, Anime Crossroads, Anime CTX*, Animé Los Angeles, Anime North Texas*, Anime Weekend Atlanta, Aselia Con**, Chicago TARDIS, Colorado Anime Fest, Comicpalooza Con Nichiwa, ConFusion, CONvergence, EvilleCon, Fan X Salt Lake Comic Con, Fan Expo Boston, Fan Expo Canada (CAN), Fan Expo Dallas, FanimeCon, Flower City Comic Con, Gen Con, Hazardcon, Historicon, Kentokyocon, Kikori Con, KuroNekoCon, Long Island Doctor Who, Louisiana Comic Con, LumiCon*, Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), Mobile Bay Anime Festival, Multiverse, Nan Desu Kan, Nomikai Dallas**, Ohayocon, Pittsburgh Gaming Expo, Pretty Heroes (CAN), RamenCon, River City Steampunk Expo, Sabakucon, Sangawa Project, Shikkaricon, Tekko, TokenCon, Whinny City Pony Con, Windycon, WisCon, and Zenkaikon.


Alabama (11)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
A.g.S Con*
Alabama Comic Convention
Campicon*
DeepSouthCon
Foley Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Game Jam South
Hamacon*
Kami-Con
Mobile Bay Anime Festival
Mobile Comic Con / MobiCon
NuCon*

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: DeepSouthCon lists a contact email but it is specified as being for "general concerns."

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Alaska (5)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Alaska ComiCon*
Arctic Comic Con
Hanabi Con
Taikai Convention*
Senshi Con*

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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Arizona (17)

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

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Arizona Game Fair
Arizona Matsuri
CanterCon
Con Nichiwa
Fandomania
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Game On Expo
Itty Bitty Fur Con
Kikoricon
LepreCon
Painted Desert Fur Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Phoenix Fan Fusion
Sabakucon
Saboten Con
Taiyou Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention
Zap Con

Note: Fandomania is sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Note: Sabakucon's policy is listed on the right nav of the About page, which is what is linked from the "Policies" item in the top menu.

Note: Taiyou Con has an email contact listed, but it is labeled as being for "questions." It is unclear if reports of harassment can be sent to the address.

Note: Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention's consequences are too vague to qualify fully: "resolution at the discretion of WWWC Security or designee therein."

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Arkansas (7)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Arkansas Anime Festival
Arkansas Comic Con
Arkansas HorrorFest*
Bentonville Anime-Fest
Not Just Another Comic Con
NWA Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Spa-Con
Texark-anime*

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Arkansas HorrorFest has a presence on Facebook, but its website appears to be disconnected. It was not previously rated and cannot be truly evaluated unless or until its website is fixed.

Note: Not Just Another Comic Con's policy is barely more than "cosplay is not consent."" It lists consequences for "any conduct or action which creates an offensive or hostile environment is prohibited and will be grounds for immediate ejection," which may or may not apply to harassment.

Note: Spa-Con's policy is a linked PDF as well as linked to a page titled "cosplay is not consent." This may not be intuitive.

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California (86)

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
Ani-Me Con
Anime Conji*
Anime Expo
AniFest
Anime Gaming Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
ANIME Impulse
Anime Los Angeles
Anime Nation Fest
Anime Pasadena
BABSCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Bak-Anime
Bakersfield Comic-Con
BayCon
Big Adventure Fest*
Brick Palooza
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Bricks LA
California Republic Comic Con
Carriercon
Collect-A-Con Los Angeles
Comic Con Revolution
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Contra Costa Con
Creatures-Con
Crunchyroll Expo
DesignerCon
DunDraCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
E3**
East Bay Comic Con
Epic ACG Fest
Fan Expo San Francisco
Fangaea
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
FanimeCon
Further Confusion / FurCon
Gallifrey One
Gaslight Steampunk Expo
Geek Out Napa Valley
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
GobbleCon
Golden State Fur Con
H-Night at The Ramada (18+)
Hype Con Bay Area
Kin-Yoobi Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
LA Comic Con
Labyrinth Masquerade Ball
LoboCon
Lodi Comic Con
Long Beach Comic Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Loscon
Luma Con
Megabit Game Expo
Midsummer Scream
Mouse-Con Bakersfield
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Mouse-Con Bay Area (East Bay)
OffKai Expo
Orccon
OzCon International
Pacific Media Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Palm Springs Entertainment Convention
Pasadena Comic and Toy Show
PAWcon
Power Morphicon
Powerhouse Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Robo Toy Fest / Brick Boutique
RocketTown Comic Con
Ronin Expo
Sac Gamers Expo
SacAnime
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
SacAnime Roseville
Sacramento Comic-Con (Sac-Con)
San Diego Comic Con ("SDCC")
San Diego Rocket Con
San Jose Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
San Jose Super Toy Show
Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
SD Who Con
SiliCon (with Adam Savage)
Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Sinister Creature Con
Stockton-Con
StokerCon
StrangerCon
Super Dimension Convention
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
The Hellmouth Convention (formerly WhedonCon)
The Hollywood Show
The Los Angeles Empire Con
Titan Con*
WonderCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
YumeConUSA

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Anime Gaming Con's policy is listed under the header "Vendor Hall."

Note: Anime Expo has a code of conduct that does not specifically mention harassment. "Harassment" is mentioned ONLY in the context of a Youth Protection Policy for SPJA representatives. Because not all attendees are considered "youth" or SPJA representatives, we cannot assume that it would make sense for anyone to check this section. Additionally, there is no real policy within the mentions of harassment in that section of the website. We cannot in good faith say that this counts as a policy.

Note: AniFest's Code of Conduct is at the bottom of a very long scroll down the home page. Also, the policy lists "sponsors" as being subject to this policy, but not staff or guests.

Note: To find BayCon's policy, you must hover over the "BayCon Home" tab of navigation. This may not be intuitive to all users.

Note: Fan Expo San Francisco has an incident report system for multiple conventions, but San Francisco is currently not available to select.

Note: Gallifrey One describes an after-hours hotline for emergencies that could potentially include harassment, but it does not make that explicit. The hotline's number is not currently on the website.

Note: While Gaslight Steampunk Expo's policy is in a logical location, the visual clutter and length one must scroll to reach it mean that it is not as accessible as it could be.

Note: GobbleCon's policy states that it applies to "all persons," which implies but does not specify that it includes staff specifically. There is a contact listed for "questions or concerns regarding this statement," which one might assume could apply to reporting, but it is not specific enough.

Note: Golden State Fur Con's policy is located within a PDF. For those without access to a reader app on their phone, this could be inaccessible. A CRT, which we assume means Crisis Response Team, is described, but no specific way to contact the CRT is listed.

Note: L.A. Comic Con's policy states that it applies to "exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor, or vendor booths," but not staff. We would like to remind this convention that any convention policy that does not include accountability for everyone present, including staff, guests, chairs, and others, is not a policy that protects everyone.

Note: Long Beach Comic Expo's policy lists only one consequence for violations of their policy, which is possible ejection without refund, which doesn't address minor violations which may be better dealt with via warnings.

Note: Loscon has a "Contact Our Staff" button prominently displayed at the top of the site. One might assume this would be appropriate way to find someone to contact for reporting, but because it is not specific enough, we can't give it the full point.

Note: Megabit Game Expo's page has an email address implied to be underlined in the Non-Bullying Policy section, but the link is broken and no email address is actually listed. Additionally, it is within a context of "assessing and addressing" what they call "formal complaints" or "genuine concerns." This language and context is intimidating and we would imagine it would discourage genuinely distressed targets from making a report. Additionally, it is not specifically located within the harassment section, meaning that it is implied not to apply.

Note: OffKai Expo's policy states that the back of badges has information on how to get help or report harassment but this cannot be verified. We would like to remind OffKai Expo that not everyone has access to their badge at all times that they may be harassed and we would like to see reporting information on the website as well.

Note: Orccon has a link to a Code of Conduct, but unfortunately, it does not lead anywhere.

Note: Pasadena Comic and Toy Show's page has an email address in the Non-Bullying Policy section, but it is within a context of "assessing and addressing" what they call "formal complaints" or "genuine concerns." This language and context is intimidating and we would imagine it would discourage genuinely distressed targets from making a report. Additionally, it is not specifically located within the harassment section, meaning that it is implied not to apply.

Note: PAWcon's policy frames harassment, without naming harassment, as "intentionally annoying or alarming another person." While this is not wrong, defining harassment clearly and unmistakably is essential to being able to count the policy. PAWcon also encourages police involvement and an entity called "Public Safety" that is not clear as to whether it belongs to the convention or refers to an outside or governmental agency. We suggest that the makers of this policy understand why people, especially people in marginalized and/or BIPOC communities, would not want to report to the police, and rework their policy without the assumption that anyone would be comfortable approaching police before anyone else.

Note: Power Morphicon's page has an email address in the Non-Bullying Policy section, but it is within a context of "assessing and addressing" what they call "formal complaints" or "genuine concerns." This language and context is intimidating and we would imagine it would discourage genuinely distressed targets from making a report. Additionally, it is not specifically located within the harassment section, meaning that it is implied not to apply.

Note: Robo Toy Fest's page has an email address implied to be underlined in the Non-Bullying Policy section, but the link is broken and no email address is actually listed. Additionally, it is within a context of "assessing and addressing" what they call "formal complaints" or "genuine concerns." This language and context is intimidating and we would imagine it would discourage genuinely distressed targets from making a report. Additionally, it is not specifically located within the harassment section, meaning that it is implied not to apply.

Note: SacAnime's con policy page specifies "issues with Special Guests," but does not mention any other non-attendee groups. We would like to remind this convention that any convention policy that does not include accountability for everyone present, including staff, guests, chairs, and others, is not a policy that protects everyone. We might also recommend that an additional contact be added for "pre or post convention security issues" rather than just one individual, although the contacts listed are sufficient.

Note: San Francisco Comic Con's harassment policy is found under FAQ > Cosplay, which isn't intuitive and implies it only applies to cosplayers. The written policy could also be clearly about consequences.

Note: SiliCon's policy can be found under the Cosplay FAQs page. We would like to personally remind Adam Savage (and any other creators of this policy) that harassment is NOT limited to cosplayers.

Note: Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest's page has an email address implied to be underlined in the Non-Bullying Policy section, but the link is broken and no email address is actually listed. Additionally, it is within a context of "assessing and addressing" what they call "formal complaints" or "genuine concerns." This language and context is intimidating and we would imagine it would discourage genuinely distressed targets from making a report. Additionally, it is not specifically located within the harassment section, meaning that it is implied not to apply.

Note: StrangerCon's policy implies that a "complete" policy is stated on each schedule of events handed out and that a contact is listed on the rules page. Because it is not online, we cannot qualify it. We would encourage this convention to include a contact on the website in the event that a paper printout would be lost, destroyed, or otherwise unavailable to someone in distress who would like to report harassment.

Note: The Los Angeles Empire Con has a section called "Complaints," but it needs to specifically mention "harassment" in some way in order to count. Bafflingly, attendees are encouraged to contact through an anonymous form (a positive thing), but this does not constitute having a policy.

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Colorado (5)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Onsen
Colorado Anime Fest
Fan Expo Denver
Galaxy Fest*
Nan Desu Kan

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: While Colorado Anime Fest has a 6/6 (great job!), we would recommend including the anti-harassment hotline number on the website as well as on the badge. Not everyone always has their badge on them when they experience an issue.

Note: Fan Expo Denver has an incident report system for multiple conventions, but Denver is currently not available to select.

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Connecticut (9)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Brick Fest Live Hartford
Camp Anime*
ConnCon
CT Gamer Con
CT HorrorFest
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Connecticon
Lock City Anime & Comic Con*
RetroWorld Expo
RidgeCon*

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: ConnCon's policy is listed all the way at the bottom of the page and is in a pdf.

Note: Connecticon does not have an explicit harassment policy, only a section called "Ejection from the Convention," which simply lists sexual harassment or assault as activities that will result in that particular consequence. However, they do have a Harassment Response Team. It is listed under "Venue and Parking Info" as "HRT Hotline," which is not intuitive to those who do not know what "HRT" stands for in this context.

Note: CT Gamer Con's policy is listed under the Cosplay Info and FAQs page.

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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 (3)

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
Awesome Con
Otakon

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Florida (70)

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
ACEcon
Amelia Coastal Con
Ancient City Con
Anime Festival Orlando
Anime in the Park
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Iwai
Anime Town Pensacola
Bold Matsuri
Brick City Anime Festival
Brick Universe Jacksonville
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
CBC Comic Book and Toy Show
Central Florida Comic Con
Coastal Magic Convention
Collect-A-Con Orlando
Collective Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Daytona Beach Comic Con
Dice Tower East
Dice Tower Retreat
Escape Winter Con
Fanboy Expo Orlando Convention
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Fantasm Orlando
Florida PolyCon
Florida Supercon
FreeCon
Gaming Community Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
GoTE 4TheKids
Holiday Matsuri
Jacksonville AnimeDay
JoCo Cruise
Kaijucon*
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
King Con Cruise
LumiCon
MEGACON
Megaplex
Metro Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Mizucon
My-Con
Nakamacon
Necronomicon
Ocala Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Omni Fandom Expo*
Orlando Anime Day
OtakuFest
OUT Con*
PalmCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Pensacola Para Con (Pensacola Comic Con)
Pensacon
Pony Fair
Pulp Adventurecon
Really Rad Weekend (formerly Emerald Coast Con)
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Sakura-Natsu-Con*
Sarasota Anime-Fest
Sci-Fi Pop Fest
ShadoCon*
SiestaCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Sinister Nights
Spooky Empire
SSA+S Toracon
StingrayCon
Sugoi Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Suncoast Comic Con
Sunrise Comic Con
Supernatural Official Convention Orlando
SW-FloridaCon
SWFL Anime-Fest
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
SWFL SpaceCon
SWFLSteamCon
Tampa Bay Comic Convention
UltraCon
Wasabi-con

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Ancient City Con's policy describes some consequences, but in the context that they are to be determined by Ancient City Con staff. If any policy leaves room for differences between staff members deciding how a situation is to be handled, it can't count for the full point.

Note: Anime Festival Orlando's website was listed as "coming soon" at the time of evaluation. Their previously available policy was "report incidents of harassment."

Note: Collect-A-Con's policy can be found by scrolling to the very bottom of the home page.

Note: Escape Winter Con specifies that the policy applies to "con crew," but it is unclear if that is specifically staff or volunteers. It is additionally our opinion that Escape Winter Con could remove, "This goes for anyone regardless of gender identity" from the consequences section of the policy. You can leave it at, "this policy applies to everyone." Separating and specifying "gender identity" implies and enforces a threat toward OR a threat from those who may be trans, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming, which is a population that already faces significant discrimination in the state of Florida at the time of evaluation.

Note: The contact for Florida Supercon is dependent upon their app being installed on your phone.

Note: At the time of evaluation, Holiday Matsuri's FAQ page is not functioning and there is no other indication of a policy.

Note: JoCo Cruise's harassment policy is excellent, however, it is extremely hard to find on such a long page, can't be searched by using the word "harass" without opening the appropriate plus sign list, and is labeled under the plus sign for "The JoCo Cruise Code of Conduct," which is not even posed as a question. We would strongly urge JoCo Cruise to either post the code of conduct prominently at the top of the FAQ page, add the word "harass" to the collapsing plus sign title, or designate a solo page for the policy.

Note: MEGACON's "contact" is an incident report form rather than an immediate contact, but it is linked prominently. It is for multiple conventions and suggests that you go to staff onsite first.

Note: Metro Con's consequences are listed only under the General Conduct tab. To find their stance on staff, you must expand the section for "The Appeal Process with Staff." The language is dubious as to whether you will truly be heard if you complain about a staff member being the problem and explicitly mentions "hearing out both sides." We find it hard to believe that anyone who needs or wants to report harassment will feel respected if "both sides" arguments are prominently displayed before the harassment policy even appears on the webpage.

Note: Pensacon's policy lists what could be a definition for harassment, but it is not explicitly tied.

Note: Really Rad Weekend mentions harassment following the statement "cosplay is not consent" at the bottom of the Cosplay Contest Rules page, which can only be found by scrolling to the bottom of the Cosplay page and clicking through to Cosplay Contest Rules, which folks likely would not do unless they were interested in competing.

Note: Spooky Empire only mentions harassment in the context of "don't harass the (celebrity) guests." That is not enough and can't count as a policy that applies to attendees.

Note: Supernatural Official Convention Orlando's policy implies that a "complete" policy is stated on each schedule of events handed out and that a contact is listed on the rules page. Because it is not online, we cannot qualify it. We would encourage this convention to include a contact on the website in the event that a paper printout would be lost, destroyed, or otherwise unavailable to someone in distress who would like to report harassment.

Note: SW-FloridaCon's policy is listed under the "Cosplay Rules" section of the FAQ page.

Note: Tampa Bay Comic Convention's policy can be found by clicking the currently unlabeled yellow question mark (formerly labeled "help desk"), then clicking on Policies, then Zero Harassment Policy. It is a shame we can't rate this policy 6/6 due to the difficulty of finding the policy as well as the lack of accounting for what happens if the offender is staff or some other non-attendee person at the event. We really like the educational elements on this Zero Harassment Policy page.

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 (30)

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
221B Con
Anime Weekend Atlanta
Atlanta AnimeDay
Atlanta Comic Convention
Atlanta Game Fest
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
CCS Animefest
Best of Anime! Mini Con
CONjuration
CoosaCon
Days of the Dead Atlanta
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Dragon Con
DreamHack Atlanta
Furry Weekend Atlanta
HallowCon
Jekyll and Hyde Multi-Fandom Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
JoeFest
JordanCon
Middle Georgia Comic Convention
MomoCon
Monsterama
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Multiverse
OutlantaCon
Rangerstop and Pop Con
Savannah Comic Con
Savannah Mega Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Seishun Con
Southern-Fried Gaming Expo
The Camp PTC
Tiger Con
Toylanta

Note: Furry Weekend Atlanta's policy has a contact listed at the top regarding complaints or concerns, but it is unclear whether it can be used for reporting harassment directly.

Note: Hallowcon's policy specifically includes the phrase, "Do you really have to ask?" We would urge Hallowcon to consider that there is no such thing as "common sense" and that treating this topic seriously will reduce confusion as to the convention's stance on it.

Note: MomoCon's policy says that "safety or police officer instruction is not harassment or inappropriate behavior." We urge Momocon to consider that safety or police officers CAN, and DO, violate codes of conduct in this country regardless of how much "training" they may have. Codes of conduct should always apply to everyone at the convention.

Note: Southern-Fried Gaming Expo's policy can only be found under the About > Frequently Asked Questions page. We would suggest that they might make it a little more prominent in navigation.

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Hawaii (3)


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

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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Idaho (1)


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

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Illinois (39)

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 Central
Anime Halloween
Anime Magic!
Anime Midwest
Anime Senpai
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime-ZAP!
Archon
BN Video Game Con / Illinois Game Con
Capricon
ChamBanaCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)
Chicago Pop Culture Con*
Chicago TARDIS
Cogs & Corsets
Con Alt Delete
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Dark Art and Oddities
Dark History & Horror Convention
Days of the Dead Chicago
DieCon
DuPage Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Effing-Con
Fan Expo Chicago
Gaming Hoopla
Heroicon
Karoshi-Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Midwest FurFest
Midwest Monster Fest
PeoriaCon
QuadCon Peoria
Rock-Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Saluki Con / Eclipse Con
Sixty Six Games Expo
Superman Celebration
Toy Con Toy Show
Uchi-Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
UI-Con
Wauke-Con
Whinny City Pony Con
Windycon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Anime Halloween has allegedly been connected to Ryan Køpf.

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

Note: Anime-ZAP! is a Ryan Køpf con. As of the time of evaluation, the Policies page is marked as "not found." When googling the convention's name plus "harass," a URL ending in "/help" pops up and mentions that "harassment... [is] absolutely not allowed." However, we cannot find a link between this page and the current website map. Therefore, we can't count this. It does not exist on the current website nor was it easy to find.

Note: Archon's policy can be found by scrolling down the main page. We also noticed that the "contacts" listed are primarily police department phone numbers. We understand that listing an emergency number such as 911 could be valuable in circumstances of physical harm. However, because many folks in the convention community are also from marginalized communities that are routinely discriminated against by law enforcement and would be dissuaded to report with the police phone number so prominently displayed; because police so rarely investigate cases of harassment, stalking, abuse, and sexual assault with dignity toward the reporting party, if they investigate at all; if it is Archon's preference to keep this number on the policy page, we would not recommend including this information in the Harassment Policy section.

Note: Con Alt Delete is a Ryan Køpf con.

Note: Chicago TARDIS mentions that if you have an issue with a staff member, use the contact info at the bottom of their policy page. However, it does not specify that the contact it will go to is their security team, which could be an issue if the person you're having a problem with is working security.

Note: DieCon's policy is not specific enough with its consequences or definition of harassment.

Note: Fan Expo Chicago has an incident report system for multiple conventions, but Chicago is currently not available to select.

Note: Windycon's reporting procedures are on a different page that also explains third-party reporting through the Independent Incident Response Team (IIRT), but it is linked prominently on the policy page.

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Indiana (19)

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

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Amaicon*
Anime Cross-roads
Brickworld Fort Wayne
Brickworld Indianapolis
Evansville Anime-Fest
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
EvilleCon
Gen Con
InConJunction
Indiana Comic Convention
It's Not A Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Kokomo-Con
Muncie Comic Con
PopCon Indy
Pwr^ South Bend
RamenCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Rappig Crossing
Raptor Con
Starbase Indy
Voltcon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: InConJunction's policy is linked at the bottom of every page, above the footer. It is in relatively small print. While there is a list of additional contact resources outside of the convention, and there is an email for the con chair listed just above the policy link at the bottom of every page, it does not specify that you can email regarding a specific report of harassment.


Note: Indiana Comic Convention's reporting system, while present, is not intuitive. When you click, "CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS ON SUBMITTING AN ANONYMOUS OR PERSONAL REPORT," it takes you back to the menu of Help Desk/FAQ. Underneath the "Policies" button, there is a button reading "Submit a Request." To submit an anonymous report, you must follow that button and scroll through the drop-down menu to find, "Submit a Report."

Note: PopCon Indy's policy states that the policy applies to "all individuals attending or participating in the convention," but is not specific enough to be sure that it includes staff. "Participants" is also a separate item from "staff" in the paragraph at the top of the page.

Note: RamenCon's policy provides information about what to do if a staffer is the problem, but the solution is to contact the con chair, who may or may not be held accountable for their own actions. While we are not implying they would be or are a harasser/offender, it could be an issue in the future, particularly if the convention should change hands.

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Iowa (5)


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

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

Note: DemiCon's policy includes contacts for if anyone has questions about the policy. While this could mean a contact for someone wishing to report online, it is not explicit.

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Kansas (2)


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

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Kentucky (8)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Bowling GreenCon
Danville Comic-Con
Etown Anime-Fest
Fandom Fest*
Frankfort Anime-Fest
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Kentokyocon*
OMG!Con
River City Steampunk Expo

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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Louisiana (5)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
CYPHACON
Louisiana Comic Con
Mecha-Con*
SBC Anime Festival
WasabiCon NOLA

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: CYPHACON's policy states that they do not toler ate harassment of participants, staff members, or volunteers, but not whether the full code of conduct applies to them as well as guests, facility employees, or other people involved with the convention.

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Maine (3)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
AniMaine*
Going Merry Con (One Piece)
PortCon-Maine

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: PortConMaine has a phone number listed that can be texted but it's not in the harassment policy, it's on the "general rules and policies" page.

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Maryland (10)

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*
Anime Ocean City
Baltimore Comic Con
Farpoint
Great Mills Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Katsucon
Khroma Kon
Savage Geek Fest
Southern Maryland Comic Con
Super MAGfest

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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. Currently, the website's link to the code of conduct does not function.

Note: Katsucon's harassment policy is not linked to their current website. You can only find it at https://new.katsucon.org/faqs/attendee-policies/ and there is no guarantee that it is accurate for this year, so we cannot accurately rate it. Previously, part of Katsucon's harassment policy is found in their announcement that 2019 will be a closed event—namely that any reports of assault will automatically trigger a call to law enforcement, regardless of the wishes of the victim. Their policy also stated that it applies to staff, but gives no indication what to do if that is the issue.

Note: Super MAGfest's policy requires a restraining order against someone to be provided to the convention prior to the event "so that [they] may prevent the other person from registering and attending." While this covers them legally, it does not account for how difficult it is for an individual to obtain a protection/restraining order, particularly if the relationship between the individuals was not romantic.

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Massachusetts (25)

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
Another Anime Con
Anthro New England
Arisia
Armour Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Boskone
Brick Fest Live Marlborough
conAgeddon
Fall River Toy and Comic Palooza
Fan Expo Boston
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Havoc
LadiesCon
Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE)
NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza
PAX East
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo
Plastic City Comic Con
PopCult Anime Con
Readercon
Saturday Morning CON-toons
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Springfield Comic Con
SSA+S Toracon
Super Mega Fest
Total Confusion
Watch City Steampunk Festival

Note: Another Anime Con's code of conduct specifically mentions and prohibits "glomping," but there is no harassment policy in sight. As a reminder, "cosplay is not consent" is not a policy.

Note: While Boskone does list multiple points of contact, the policy does not explicitly state that the policy applies to all. We would also like to see a more fleshed out definition of harassment.

Note: Fan Expo Boston has an incident report system for multiple conventions, which is presumably a way to "contact." However, does not specify explicitly.

Note: MICE's policy is called a "safe space policy" rather than a "harassment" or "anti-harassment" policy, but "harassment" is mentioned explicitly and defined.

Note: Plastic City Comic Con leads with "cosplay is not consent."

Note: Readercon has an in-depth code of conduct including how to make a report on a violation but it has absolutely no mention of the word "harass/harassment." It does not include an explicit definition of harassment. We would urge Readercon to include a very explicit definition of harassment in their otherwise thorough code of conduct.

Note: We would strongly urge Watch City Steampunk Festival to reconsider their statement that "harassment is difficult to define."

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Michigan (23)

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
AlmaCon
Anime Park
Astronomicon
BistoCon
Brickworld Detroit
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Capital City Comic Con
Cherry Capital Comic Con
ConFusion
Dokidokon
Grand Rapids Comic-Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
GrandCon
Great Lakes Comic Convention
Great Lakes Fall Expo
Great Lakes Holiday Expo
Great Lakes Summer Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Isshocon
Jafax
Monroe Comic Con / Monroe Pop Fest
Motor City Comic Con
Motor City Furry Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Penguicon
Really Cool Comic Con
Youmacon

Note: Capital City Comic Con's mention of harassment is located on the Cosplay page and is not a full policy.

Note: GrandCon's policy does list an email to contact "if you have any questions regarding this policy," which one may assume would apply to contacting about an active report, but this is not at all clear.

Note: Great Lakes Comic Convention has an "Etiquette" page with a long description that dances around the concept of harassment, but does not explicitly state the word "harass/ment," therefore it cannot count as a policy.

Note: Jafax's policy is in small print at the bottom of the website and the actual text is inline right underneath a breastfeeding anti-discrimination clause, which might not be intuitive for some. The only consequence we see listed is the "right to revoke badge," which is not quite specific enough.

Note: Motor City Furry Con's policy implies that it applies to "other members or individuals not associated with the convention," however, it is not explicit enough regarding application to staff, security, etc.

Note: Penguicon's policy does list a definition of misconduct that could apply to the definition of harassment, but because it is not specifically linked to the word "harass/ment" or the harassment section of the code of conduct, and because the harassment section has a separate and not necessarily global definition, we cannot give full credit. We also were not certain that the policy applied to everyone including the chair/Board of Directors.

Note: Really Cool Comic Con's mention of harassment is listed at the bottom of the Cosplay Contest page. This is not a policy. It is also not accessible to anyone who is not considering participating in the cosplay contest itself.

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Minnesota (9)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Detour
Ani-Minneapolis
Console Room
CONvergence
God, Comics, and Gaming Convention
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Meta Con
Minicon
MNCBA SpringCon
Narrativity

Note: While searching for "Anime Detour harassment policy" will bring up the page in a search engine, at time of evaluation there is currently no easy way to access it directly from the main website. It is also unclear as to whether the policy explicitly applies to staff, guests, or other faculty aside from attendees and exhibitors.

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: Console Room's policy has some issues; it states that they won't ban an individual from attending the convention if they've only made a credible threat against you. They would have to threaten the convention. They also state that "settling interpersonal disputes lies solely with the individuals involved" which sounds dismissive of harassment.

Note: God, Comics, and Gaming Convention has a Rules page that expressly states "The Holy Bible, which is God's word is to be respected at all times around Christians at our event." Nothing explicit about harassment, though.

Note: Meta Con is a Ryan Køpf con.

Note: Minicon is run by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, which does have an Anti-harassment policy. However, it is not linked in an obvious, easily accessible way and unfortunately cannot count toward Minicon's main website's policy at the time of latest update.

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Mississippi (4)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Brick Fest Live Biloxi
Mississippi Anime Fest
Mississippi Comic Con
Southernerds Festival

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

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Missouri (5)

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
Anime St. Louis
Cave Con Springfield*
Cape Anime Con
Cosplacon
Planet Comicon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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Montana (3)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Great Falls Gaming Rendezvous
MisCon
Ookii-Sora Con

Note: Ookii-Sora Con's policy heavily emphasizes that harassment and assault are crimes and urges you to report to the police specifically. This is not always the best course of action for survivors/targets.

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Nebraska (6)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Nebraskon
Kanpai!Con
QuadCon Omaha
WillowCon
NebKon Abridged
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
ConStellation

Note: Kanpai!Con is a Ryan Køpf con.

Note: ConStellation's policy mentions linking out to a Security Policy but does not have a link or easily found page on the website.

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Nevada (5)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Las Vegas
Lvl Up Expo
Shine Con
SNAFU Con
TsumiCon

Note: SNAFU Con states that you can email HR about staff members being the problem, however, it is listed under "Staff/Volunteer Complaints and Appeals" and the email address itself is broken out into plain text as opposed to appearing as a link. However, this portion of their policy seems to be rather dismissive of anyone trying to report a staff member.

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New Hampshire (3)


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Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Brick Universe Manchester
Granite State Con
Southern New Hampshire Comic Bash*

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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New Jersey (26)

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
AnimeNEXT
Castle Point Anime Convention (CPAC)
Christmas Con
Derpycon
Evil Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Garden State Fur The Weekend
Garden State Anime Fest
Garden State Comic Fest
J1-Con
Jersey Shore Comic Book Show
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Jersey Shore Toy Show
Kogaracon
Monster-Mania Con
New Jersey CollectorFest
New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Philcon
Pow Con New Jersey
Puchicon
Pulp Adventurecon
Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Sci-Fi Summit
Stranger Con New Jersey
Super Jersey Comic Expo
The Vampire Diaries and The Originals Official Convention
Wayne NJ Comic Book Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Woodbridge Toy Show

Note: AnimeNEXT's "policy" is one mention of harassment located under Dress Code > General, which is not intuitive to find.

Note: Castle Point Anime Convention's mention of harassment is right next to a sentence regarding emergencies that instructs you to "call the police first, then find a staff member." We understand that calling an emergency service could be valuable in circumstances of physical harm. However, because many folks in the convention community are also from marginalized communities that are routinely discriminated against by law enforcement and would be dissuaded to report with the solution of calling the police so prominently displayed; because police so rarely investigate cases of harassment, stalking, abuse, and sexual assault with dignity toward the reporting party, if they investigate at all; if it is the con's preference to keep this number on the policy page, we would not recommend including this information in a Harassment Policy section or alongside the one mention of harassment on their policy page.

Note: The word "derpy" is an ableist slur and regardless of the score it receives for its policy, we would strongly encourage Derpycon to revise its name.

Note: Evil Expo is Jeff Mach's convention. Jeff Mach has been accused of extensive sexual assault and misconduct. It is no surprise that the website for this convention does not feature a robust or even a bare minimum harassment policy.

Note: Garden State Fur The Weekend's mention of harassment is a linked-out PDF. There is a contact listed on the Code of Conduct page, but it is not mentioned whether this contact can be used to report harassment.

Note: Kogaracon's website auto-played a video on the home page when we evaluated it for a policy.

Note: New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival's harassment policy is located at the very bottom of the home page.

Note: Sci-Fi Summit, Stranger Con New Jersey, and The Vampire Diaries/Originals Official Reunion Convention (same company) policies state that "the company's complete policy is stated on each schedule of events that is handed out at each convention." If that policy is more robust than what is on the website, we cannot evaluate it. The policy must be on the website in full.

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New Mexico (8)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Albuquerque Comic Con
Anime New Mexico
Bubonicon
Duke City Comic Con*
Indig-enous Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
New Mexico Comic & Film Expo
Roswell Galacticon
Santa Fe Comic Con*

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Anime New Mexico does technically have a contact box at the bottom of the page, but the reporting process is not described above and someone using the form to report doesn't know where it will be submitted or that it will be considered a viable reporting platform. With a little clearer language, we could elevate this to a 6/6!

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.

Note: The Indigenous Comic Con's policy can only be found by going to FAQ and clicking the link within "See our Cosplay Policy here." As a code of conduct applies to more than just cosplayers, we would urge the convention to place this page in a much more intuitive location.

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New York (34)

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
Albany Comic Con
AnchorCon
AniBash
Anime NYC
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Astronomicon
Big Apple Comic Con
Borough-Con*
BrickUniverse Rochester
Brooklyn Horror Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Cosplay SnowFest
Cradle-Con
Empire Comic Fest
Eternal Con (The Long Island Comic Con)
Fandemicon*
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Fanfaire
Fan World*
Flower City Comic Con
HELIOsphere
Ithacon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Liberty City Anime Con*
Long Island Doctor Who
Long Island Tabletop Gaming Expo
New York Comic Con
Oz-Stravaganza
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
RochesterCon
Route 110 Comic Show
Salt City Collect A Con
Saratoga Comic Con
Simcon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Tora-Con
Trek Long Island
Uticon
Wintercon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Albacon's policy does not mention or define unacceptable behavior specifically as "harassment," so it cannot be evaluated as such.

Note: Big Apple Comic Con's mention of harassment is very heavy on cosplayers. Harassment is not limited to cosplayers.

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.

Note: RochesterCon's mention of harassment can only be found by clicking the "Terms & Conditions" "here" link under "Get Your Tickets Today," which is not the most intuitive.

Note: Tora-Con has a brief harassment blurb on their policies page, as well as linking to Rochester Institute of Technology's harassment policy. This may be confusing for attendees who do not go to the school.

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North Carolina (24)

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

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Animazement
Asheville Anime-Fest
Asheville Anime Regional Convention*
Bewhiskered
Blue Ridge Furfare
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Carolina Fear Fest
ConCarolinas
ConGregate / Deep South Con
Cosplay America
CREATION Charlotte-Concord
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Furry Takeover
GalaxyCon Raleigh
Gamga Con*
Greenville NC Comic Con
Heroes Convention
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ichibancon
Mad Monster Party Carolina
NC Disneyana
Playthrough
Queen City Anime Convention*
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Queen City Con
Triad Anime Con
Wilkes Comic Con
Wilmington Geek Expo

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Bewhiskered includes a policy for volunteers as well as members; it is not clear exactly whether either means explicitly "staff."

Note: Blue Ridge Furfare includes a policy for volunteers as well as members; it is not clear exactly whether either means explicitly "staff."

Note: Carolina Fear Fest's policy can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the home page, then clicking "FAQs and Rules," then scrolling to a tab under "Rules & Policies" labeled "Anti Harassment." We feel this path could be simplified and made more obvious on the home page.

Note: GalaxyCon Raleigh's mention of harassment can be found only by navigating to Live Event FAQs, clicking "what are your safety policies," then following through to click the "here" link. It is not sufficient enough to call it a policy.

Note: "Harassing behavior" is mentioned once in Raleigh Supercon's statement, however, it's under the "Accessibility" section, which is not intuitive.

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North Dakota (5)

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
Fargo Brick Convention
Fargo Moorhead Comic Con / Fargo Pop Expo
iMagicon
ValleyCon

Note: CoreCon's policy includes that its staff will will "legitimize complaints," which is not at all trauma informed. CoreCon has an additional "Ask for Angela" policy as a discreet means to request help in an uncomfortable situation, but it does not compensate for the fact that there is no contact listed.

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Ohio (45)

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
Akron Comicon
Akron-Summit Comic Con
Animarathon
Anime Ohio
AnthrOhio
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Buckeye Comic Con
Canton-Akron Comic Book, Toy & Nostalgia Convention
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)
Cincinnati Comic Expo
Cincinnati Toy & Collectible Show
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
CinCityCon
CincyCon
Cleveland Comic Book & Nostalgia Show
Columbus Toy & Game Show
Con on the Cob
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Earp-a-palooza
Fanboy Expo Columbus Convention
Fan Expo Cleveland
Final Boss Con
Fountain City Fandemonium
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
GalaxyCon Columbus
Geek Out
Gem City Comic Con
Hall of Fame City Comic Con
HorrorHound Weekend - Cincinnati
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ice & Dice
Ice & Fire Con
Karasucon*
Mahoning Valley Comicon
Marcon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Matsuricon
Neo ComicCon
Oddmall conventions
Ohayocon
Origins Game Fair
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Power-Con
Pulp Fiction Convention
Put-in-Play Con*
Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE)
Steampunk Symposium
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
TORG Gaming Expo
Toyhio Toy Show
TrotCon
Western Ohio Toy Show
Zipcon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Con on the Cob's single mention of harassment appears alongside the phrase, "cosplay is not consent, as the saying goes." That is not a policy. The definition of harassment is not specifically linked enough to the word "harassment" to qualify.

Note: Fan Expo Cleveland has an incident report system for multiple conventions, but Philadelphia is currently not available to select.

Note: GalaxyCon Columbus's mention of harassment can be found only by navigating to Live Event FAQs, clicking "what are your safety policies," then following through to click the "here" link. It is not sufficient enough to call it a policy.

Note: HorrorHound Weekend's website was marked as "unsafe" during evaluation, so we have broken the link on purpose. Also, their website's FAQ lists a general question, "Is HorrorHound Weekend a 'safe' environment for all?" which discusses suspicious threats/persons, racism, and hate speech, but not harassment. We wonder why harassment was not considered worth mentioning specifically, let alone why there isn't a policy around it, considering the emphasis on a "family friendly" environment.

Note: We are concerned by Matsuricon's inclusion of "All claims of harassment will be investigated and turned over to law enforcement if appropriate." We believe that it implies all claims will be turned over to law enforcement automatically. Because many folks in the convention community are also from marginalized communities that are routinely discriminated againt by law enforcement, they might not feel safe to report. We are also concerned by, "Matsuricon will not involve itself in harassment claims unless they are reported at the time at which they occur, staff members are available in the convention operations office at all times." We would like to remind Matsuricon that not all targets of harassment realize what's happening at the time nor are all targets available to physically locate or get to the conventions operations office after an incident like that. To think otherwise is willfully ignorant and sends a message that discourages targets from coming forward, which is especially dangerous considering staff/guests/etc. are not listed as being held accountable if they are the harasser. We are, however, heartened to see the "see something, say something" portion that used to be in the policy has been removed. We look forward to seeing a further updated policy.

Note: Oddmall conventions include but are not limited to: Expedition Elsewhere, Emporium of the World, Riverside Ramble, Uncensored, The Great Grassman Gathering, Hallowondrous, Vendors at Zombiepalooza, and Chrishanukwanzmadan. Oddmall's single mention of harassment appears alongside the phrase, "cosplay is not consent, as the saying goes." That is not a policy. The definition of harassment is not specifically linked enough to the word "harassment" to qualify. We would also encourage Oddmall to reconsider the elements of "come to us in person," "both sides of the story," "informed by the provable or observable facts"; these all discourage targets from reporting and are the opposite of trauma-informed. It is clear that Oddmall organizers value the "community [they've] spent years creating," which is why we strongly consider Oddmall to be inclusive of targets and survivors of harassment in that community—we guarantee there are more than you think there are.

Note: Origins lists the Columbus Police Department non-emergency phone number before the online reporting contact. We understand that listing an emergency number such as 911 could be valuable in circumstances of physical harm. However, because many folks in the convention community are also from marginalized communities that are routinely discriminated against by law enforcement and would be dissuaded to report with the police phone number so prominently displayed; because police so rarely investigate cases of harassment, stalking, abuse, and sexual assault with dignity toward the reporting party, if they investigate at all; if it is Origin's preference to keep this number on the policy page, we would not recommend including this information in the Anti-Harassment section.

Note: Ratha Con's website is not functional at the time of evaluation.

Note: Steampunk Symposium allegedly links their code of conduct at the very bottom of the page, but the link redirects to the main page. However, it would be given an asterisk (*) if it linked to a policy because the FAQ was not intuitive to find.

Note: TrotCon's policy says the best way to report is to find anyone with the label of Staff on the Discord Server. We would like to remind TrotCon that a Discord Server is not a universally accessible way to report, as not everyone has Discord.

Note: Zipcon's website has a link for a Rules page but at time of evaluation, this link led to an unsafe phishing webpage.

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Oklahoma (17)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime 405
Anime Oklahoma
AnthroExpo
Free Fur All**
Furry Retreat
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
GalaxyCon Oklahoma City
Izumi-con*
Monsters of Horror
New World Comic Con
Norman Super Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
OKiCon
SoonerCon
Tails and Tornadoes Fur Con
TokenCon
Tokyo, OK (formerly Tokyo in Tulsa)
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Tulkon
Uncanny Comic Expo (includes OAFcon, Ardmore)

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: AnthroExpo's harassment policy currently cannot be found through the main navigation. We had to search AnthroExpo + harassment on a search engine to bring up the page.

Note: Free Fur All only includes one sentence passively mentioning harassment. For information on why Free Fur All has been flagged with two asterisks, please see the Buzzfeed article linked here. This convention has been associated with the f@r right.

Note: GalaxyCon Oklahoma City's mention of harassment can be found only by navigating to Live Event FAQs, clicking "what are your safety policies," then following through to click the "here" link. It is not sufficient enough to call it a policy.

Note: Tokyo in Tulsa's mention of harassment is located under the section called "Cosplay and You!" - Cosplay Is Not Consent.

Note: Tulkon's mention of harassment is located under the FAQ link at the bottom of the home page, then under the section labeled "Costuming." It is not mentioned in the entire section labeled "Code of Conduct."

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Oregon (3)


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

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Pennsylvania (48)

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
3 Rivers Comic Con
Allentown/Lehigh Valley Slot and Toy Car Show
Anthrocon
Betacon
Brick Fest Live Philadelphia
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Brick Fest Live Pittsburgh
COMICON Erie
Creature Feature Weekend
East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention
Erie Anime-Fest
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Erie Days of Games
Fan Expo Philadelphia
Flea-Con
Furrydelphia
GaoKon*
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Harrisburg Comic & Pop Con
Hazard Con
Historicon
Ice Wars Comic Con*
Key City Steampunk Festival
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Lehigh Valley Toys Comics & Cards Show
Living Dead Weekend: Monroeville
MEPACon
Momento Con
PAX Unplugged
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Philadelphia Comic-Con
Pittsburgh Gaming Expo
PulpFest
RetroCon
SaikouCon*
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Sangawa Project
Sci-Fi Valley Con
ScottyCon
Scranton Comic Con
Setsucon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Shikkaricon
Steel City Con
Tekko
Thy Geekdom Con
TooManyGames
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Toys for the Ages Expo
Western PA Furry Weekend
Williamsport Comic Con
Wizard World Philadelphia
World Boardgaming Championships
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Yushi-Con*
Zenkaikon
Zolocon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: COMICON Erie's code of conduct is a PDF.

Note: Fan Expo Philadelphia has an incident report system for multiple conventions, but Philadelphia is currently not available to select.

Note: Furrydelphia's code of conduct is a PDF.

Note: Harrisburg Comic & Pop Con has a Cosplay Rules page which mentions "cosplay is not consent" and "be respectful / This goes for everyone no matter the circumstance." Nice as these are, it does not constitute a policy.

Note: Hazard Con's full policy is a PDF. While the current evaluation pass dings conventions for utilizing a PDF, we will maintain the existing 6/6 because at the end of the day, the full policy is 6/6 and the quick rule list does have a contact and covers the possibility of staff offenses. However, we strongly recommend listing the harassment policy in full on either the Rules page or on its own page, as not everyone has access to a PDF reader app on their phone.

Note: MEPACon's policy lists a separate email contact for opting out of email updates or picture/video use, but it does not explain whether this same contact would be valid for reporting harassment.

Note: PAX Unplugged's policy is located under the Health & Safety tab, which may or may not be intuitive for some to find with the context of COVID-19 policies at the time of evaluation.

Note: PulpFest's mention of harassment is simply to the effect of "anyone who harasses will be asked to leave." This does count as a consequence, but does not constitute an entire policy. PulpFest also lists multiple email contacts on the page, which one might assume would be a way to report harassment, but it is not specific enough. Additionally, we would encourage PulpFest organizers to understand that some individuals' existence is political and that efforts to "keep politics to themselves" might discourage someone from a marginalized group to attend, especially because this implies that "everyone is welcome." We would recommend that organizers of this convention look up the "Nazi Bar Problem."

Note: SaikouCon's code of conduct stated 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: Steel City Con's mention of harassment is limited to "... will not be tolderated." This is not a policy.

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 (2)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Rhode Island Brick Convention
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 (4)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
AtomaCon
Banzaicon
Charleston Anime-Fest
Pixies Street Con

Note: Banzaicon's policy specifically mentions "glomping." However, it states that behavioral policy is "subject to perspective," which implies a "both sides" approach. That is not trauma informed.

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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*
SiouxperCon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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 (32)

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
AkaiCon
Anime Blues Con
Brick Universe Chattanooga
Brick Universe Nashville
Chattacon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Clarksville Anime-Fest
ClarksvilleCon
Con Nooga
Conapalooza*
CreepyCon Knoxville
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
ETSU-Con
F2 Con
Fanboy Expo Knoxville Convention
FarleyCon
FrankenCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Imperial Commissary Collectors Convention
JABEcon!*
Knoxville AnimeDay
LibertyCon
Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Metrotham Con
MidSouthCon
MTAC
Music City Multi Con
Nashville AnimeDay
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Nashville Comic & Toy Day
Nashville Comicon
NashvilleCon
RobCon
Smoky Mountain Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Supernatural Official Convention Nashville
Yamacon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Chattacon's policy specifically includes the phrase, "Do you really have to ask?" We would urge Chattacon to consider that there is no such thing as "common sense" and that treating this topic seriously will reduce confusion as to the convention's stance on it.

Note: At time of evaluation, while Clarksville Anime-Fest's page has a tab for FAQ, it does not link anywhere.

Note: Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention's policy is found under the top navigation bar via Contact Us > Rules of Conduct. Consequences are not fully defined in that the membership is revoked "IF the offense warrants such action." Who gets to decide that? It is not determined in the policy, so it is not specific enough. Additionally, the policy states that if an assault occurs, one should call 911. It does not specify whether this is intended to be the rule for physical altercations or sexual assault. For physical altercations, this may be the appropriate action. For situations regarding sexual assault, we would urge this convention to understand that calling 911 or involving police is neither always optimal or possible depending on the circumstances.

Note: MidSouthCon's policy states that if an assault occurs, one should call 911. It does not specify whether this is intended to be the rule for physical altercations or sexual assault. For physical altercations, this may be the appropriate action. For situations regarding sexual assault, we would urge this convention to understand that calling 911 or involving police is neither always optimal or possible depending on the circumstances.

Note: Supernatural Official Convention Nashville's policy states that the complete policy is located on printed materials. We can neither confirm this nor count it as a full policy, as per our rules, the policy must be additionally available online if it exists in printed form.

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Texas (104)

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

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
AggieCon*
A-Kon
Alamo City Comic Con
Alamo City Furry Invasion
Alamo City Toy Show 2022 & Super Retro Gaming Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Alamo Hero Con
All-Con
Ama-Con
Animania Wichita Falls*
AnimeCTX*
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
AnimeFest
Animeverse Fest
Anime Austin
Anime Corpus Christi
Anime Dallas
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Escape Fest*
Anime Fiesta
Anime Frontier
Anime Houston
Anime Lubbock
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Magic! Texas*
Anime Matsuri
Anime North Texas*
Anime Sekai
Anime STX
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Ark-La-Tex*
ArlingCon*
ArmadilloCon*
Aselia Con*
ATG Expo
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
BanzaiKon*
Bayou City Comic Con*
Bell City Comic Con
Big Texas Comicon
Central Texas Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Chupacabracon
Classic Game Fest*
Collect-A-Con Dallas
Collect-A-Con Houston
Comicpalooza
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Con-munnity Festival*
ConLive Toy & Collectible Expo: Odessa
Corpus Christi Comic Con
Cowtown Comic Con
Cult Classic Convention
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Dallas Comic Show Fantasy Festival
Dallas Comic Show Holiday Special
Dallas Comic Show Saturday Special
Delta H Con
DFW GI Joe and Action Figure Show
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Dreamcon
East Texas Comic Con
Ecchi Expo
Eckman's Card, Comic and Toy Show
El Paso Comic Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Fan Expo Dallas
Furry Siesta
Galveston Island Esports Summit
Greater Austin Comic Con
HarmonyCon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
HAuNTcon*
HavenCon
Hill Country Comicon
Houston Arcade Expo
Hub City Comic Convention
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
IKKiCON
Kameha Con*
Kawacon
Kimochiicon
Lair Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Lantern Rite (Genshin Impact)
LAN All Night
Lib-Con West
Magical Girl Day*
Midessanime
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Mini-Mini Con(s)
Morphinominal Expo
Nishi Fest
Nomikai Dallas*
North Dallas Toy Show
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Okashi-con
Oni-Con
Permian Basin Comic Con X
PokeFest SA
Pony Friends Forever
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Realms Con*
Retropalooza Houston
Revelcon*
Riverwalk Anime
RTX Austin**
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
San Japan
Schertz Super Duper Con
Shoudakucon*
South Texas Comic Con
Spooky Spectacle
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
StratosFur
Super Hero Car Show & Comic Con
Texas Frightmare Weekend
Texas Furry Fiesta
The Long Con
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Tyler Comic Con
Ushicon (18+)
WeebCon
YumiCon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Alamo City Furry Invasion's "policy," while describing harassment in general terms, is not specific enough in actual policy. "No means no" is not a policy, it's a catchphrase.

Note: All-Con has an excellent portion at the bottom of its policy that specifies, "See something strange? Ignore it. All-Con hosts groups with many different interests. Some are more odd than others. All-Con is your community. Respect it." Thank you, All-Con!

Note: Ama-con's "policy" is a "will not be tolerated," but it is accompanied by a clear consequence.

Note: Anime Fest's policy states that "...violations will be taken very seriously and often involve the police if we, or the victim, feel assault or other crime has occurred." This implies that although the target of the harassment may not feel a crime has occurred, if the writers of the policy do feel a crime has occurred, they may involve the police regardless.

Note: Animania Wichita Falls's policy says the policy "pplies to everyone present at the convention," but its point of reporting is "tell a staff member." That does not allow for fair reporting of a staff member who is the harasser.

Note: Anime Lubbock's website is not very accessible with regard to font and text visibility, and it also contains continuously moving background images.

Note: For Anime Matsuri, the "policy" is largely covered under a section titled "Community Protection Initiative." It is ironic that Anime Matsuri, a convention with an alleged reputation for supporting and encouraging sexual predators and harassers to thrive, has a policy that states background checks are done for employees, volunteers, panelists, vendors, exhibitors, artists, guests, and third parties and alleges that anyone with a felony or lesser criminal conviction related to sex offenses etc. will not be eligible to participate in the convention. There is a movement called Boycott Anime Matsuri that alleges many serious problems with the convention. This is a great reminder that it does not matter how good your policy "looks" on your website. If it is not enforced, and if people in positions of power are not held accountable to the same standards, it is useless.

Note: Anime Sekai has a unique paragraph in its policy about "defamation of character": "Vendor/Volunteer agrees to never slander or defame Anime Sekai or its parent company through media, web chat, through the web in any form spoken or written at any time before, during, and after every event." We wonder how they would specifically and legally define "slander" or "defaming," let alone how such a policy would benefit the community at large. We also wonder why the convention feels it needs to include this policy on its public website as opposed to in a formal written contract with vendors or volunteers.

Note: Ark-La-Tex's website suggests that it invited or would invite (had it been active) a well-known voice actor who had been accused of inappropriate conduct as a headlining guest.

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 need to click on About > Library Policies and Guidelines > Expectations for Behavior.

Note: ATG Expo's policy mentions harassment only in the context that it is "prohibited." We also must mention that this policy includes encouraging reporting of "observed, experienced, or otherwise apparent incident[s] of harassment," which strongly implies that someone could wrongfully or mistakenly report something without consulting the target to see how they would like to handle it. Assumed targets must be consulted before any actions are taken because outsiders could not possibly guess the context of an incident or whether the target wants to make a report at all. It is a veiled "see something, say something."

Note: Bell County Comic Con's policy is on the FAQ page under the section Autographs & Photo Ops.

Note: Classic Game Fest's singular mention of harassing behavior is buried under Info > "Is there a code of conduct?" > "here."

Note: Collect-A-Con's policy can be found by scrolling to the very bottom of the home page.

Note: Con-Munnity Festival, in February of 2019, posted a notice on their main page in support of a voice actor who had been accused of inappropriate conduct.

Note: Corpus Christi Comic Con has an FAQ that mentions harassment, but it is not a sufficient policy.

Note: Delta H Con mentions harassment as something they have "no tolerance" for in their FAQ but it is not a sufficient policy.

Note: El Paso Comic Con's policy is located under "Cosplay is not Consent."

Note: Furry Siesta's mention of harassment is along the lines of "no means no," which is not a sufficient policy. This is a catchphrase that perpetuates the myth that consent is a "common sense" concept.

Note: Galveston Island Esports Summit's policy is catered directly toward cosplayers and specifically mentions online harassment as being grounds for dismissal. While that's great to see, it's not a complete policy.

Note: IKKiCON lists "Ken Wallen" as a contact, but no contact information is given.

Note: Kawacon mentions harassment only on their page for the Kawadansu After-Party Rave Policy.

Note: Kimochii's definition of harassment is not satisfactory. "Offensive conduct" is not defined, and "characteristics identified" does not make sense.

Note: Okashicon mentions harassment on its Rules page, but it is not a sufficient policy.

Note: Retropalooza Houston's policy lists a contact, but the context is specifically for "presenting [a prior restraining order] to security in advance of the event." We also recommend splitting up the text so it is not presented as a single long paragraph.

Note: Shoudakucon had an excellent policy that includes a section on enthusiastic consent! While they seemed to indicate they have some tiers of consequences, it was not clear what they were.

Note: StratosFur's harassment policy is prominently displayed next to "consent applies" and "no means no," which perpetuate the myth that they are "common sense" concepts. We would recommend simply calling the policy a harassment policy and either pad up the education surrounding consent or leave out the catchphrases. Furthermore, while a contact is listed at the top of the page for any "questions" regarding the code of conduct, it is not clear if it can be used to report harassment.

Note: Texas Furry Fiesta's mention of harassment is "no harassment," which is not a sufficient policy.

Note: WeebCon's policy states "We have a Zero Tolerance policy and will remove anyone proven to have committed any of the actions we deem harassment under this policy." That does not define what harassment is, nor who is doing the "deeming," and it would be best if the policy were more transparent about the process.

Note: YumiCon's mention of harassment is a mention of "zero-tolerance policy," which is not a sufficient policy.

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Utah (4)


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

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
Bakuretsu Con

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Virginia (6)

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

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Mid-Atlantic*
GalaxyCon Richmond
NekoCon
SCG Con Richmond
Tidewater Comicon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Virginia Beach Sports Card, Comic Book, Pokemon & Collectibles Expo

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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

Note: GalaxyCon Richmond's mention of harassment can be found only by navigating to Live Event FAQs, clicking "what are your safety policies," then following through to click the "here" link. It is not sufficient enough to call it a policy.

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Washington (8)

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
Anime Impulse Seattle
Anime Washington
Chibi Chibi Con
Jet City Comic Show*
Kobe Konvention*
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
KuroNekoCon*
Radiant Northwest*
Sakura-Con

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Jet City Comic Show's policy is under "cosplay guidelines."

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

Note: KuroNekoCon requires you to enter your email and, notably, your birthdate to report an incident via the Google form.

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West Virginia (3)


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

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Wisconsin (10)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Anime Milwaukee
Concinnity
Daishocon*
Geek.Kon*
Kitsune Kon
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Madison Comic Con
No Brand Con
Pop Con Milwaukee*
Wausaubicon*
WisCon

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

Note: Kitsune Kon's policy can be found under FAQ. However, their specification that "all decisions regarding whether a particular action is to be deemed harassment shall be made solely by Kitsune Kon and its authorized agents" takes away the agency of the individual to be able to decide whether they were being harassed. It is incorrect in definition, not trauma informed, and does not specify whether "authorized agents" are specifically certified to handle crisis intervention for instances of harassment. As far as we know, "authorized agents" may be law enforcement, which is not a viable option for some survivors/targets.

Note: As of the latest update, WisCon currently holds the title for our founder Trickssi's favorite harassment policy. Great job!

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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*

Note: conventions with * have either not updated for several years, have a malfunctioning website, or may be defunct.

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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 (14)


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
Ottawa Geek Market
Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Penti-Con
Pretty Heroes
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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Italy (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Lucca Comics and Games

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Portugal (4)

Information gathered by José Machado.

Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Aonime
Anisama
Comic Con Portugal
Iberanime

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Traveling Conventions (1)


Convention
Listed on Website
Easy to Find
Harassment Defined
Consequences Defined
Issues with Staff
Contact Listed
Brick Fest Live
Christmas Con
Heroes and Villians FanFest

Note: Heroes & Villians FanFest's policy is found when you click on each city, then click on Information and scroll to Code of Conduct. Rather, it should be linked directly from the header. It states simply that they have the right to eject people from the event with no elaboration on any consequences for lesser offenses.

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