Boston Comic Con Conduct Policy
Boston Comic Con values the complexity and diversity of the world in which we live, and seeks to be a community that recognizes the dignity and inherent worth of every person. The convention is committed to the principles of fairness and respect for all and believes that a policy embodying these principles fosters a community that favors the free and open exchange of ideas and provides its attendees, exhibitors, guests, and staff with the best environment.
Accordingly, no person at Boston Comic Con shall willfully harass, discriminate against, or interfere with the activities or legitimate rights of any person in a way that deprives that person of due consideration as an individual. Furthermore, with respect to photographs of people at the convention, the subject of which must be asked for consent, whether they be cosplayers, guests, celebrities, or causal attendees.
Should someone engage in harassment or discriminatory behavior Boston Comic Con reserves the right to take action we deem appropriate up to and including expulsion (without refund) from the convention. Any attendees, exhibitors, or guests who are being harassed should inform a Boston Comic Con staff member (identifiable by their staff shirts and badges) immediately. If a staff member is not in your immediate vicinity please go to the information booth or registration.
Boston Comic Con Cosplay Rules & Policy
First of all, please use common sense. If you can’t take it on a plane, then it’s probably best to leave it at home. Please note we cannot and will not pre-approve your props. Security will need to check and tag them each day of the show.
Specifically please refer to the following:
- No real weapons, functioning or not
- Examples include: firearms, blades, bows, crossbows, explosives, nunchuks, etc.
- No metal props, stick to plastic or, better yet, foam
- No chains, whips, spikes, leashes, etc.
- No hardwood props (baseball bats, bokken, etc.)
- No rollerblades, rollerskates, skateboards, etc.
- Nothing that emits smoke, flame, etc.
- No aerosol cans or silly string
Also, please note the following disclaimer.
- All fake/toy/prop guns must have an orange tip, whether glued plastic or painted. And if it shoots projectiles (ie discs, pellets, liquid, etc) it must be made nonfunctional and irreparable. This applies to fake/toy/prop bows as well.
As well as this one:
- Boston Comic Con reserves the right to confiscate any prop deemed dangerous and to eject any attendee who may be a danger to others. These rules apply to the costume contest as well.
Conduct Policy Definitions
Discrimination is conduct is an act or communication that interferes with an individual’s or a group’s ability to participate fully in the Boston Comic Con community on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender expression.
Harassment is conduct and/or verbal action which, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with and/or or adversely affects an individual or a group.
Discriminatory harassment of this sort includes but is not limited to incitement to or threat of violence; epithets referring to race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender expression; and/or physical conduct that is unwelcome, hostile or intimidating.
Convention policy also recognizes as discriminatory harassment other forms of conduct and/or verbal communication that are derogatory, hostile, intimidating, threatening, “bullying,” humiliating, or violent, although not necessarily illegal and that do not necessarily refer to a legally protected status or environment.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical acts of a sexual nature which, because of their severity and/or persistence, interfere significantly with an individual’s or a group’s work or education, or adversely affect an individual’s or a group’s living conditions.
Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to quid pro quo (something for something, such as a demand or offer of sexual activity to retain or obtain academic or employment benefits), and/or an abusive or hostile environment which interferes with the ability to function as a full participant at Boston Comic Con.
Sexual misconduct is also a form of discrimination and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability.
A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault (non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual intimate touching) and sexual exploitation. All such acts of sexual misconduct are forms of sexual harassment.