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TitanCon Code of Conduct

TitanCon exists for the enjoyment and enrichment of the fannish community. To ensure that the greatest number of people achieve this objective, we have established this Code of Conduct (based upon the Capricon code of conduct). By this Code, we seek only to ensure that the behaviour of any one small group does not disturb the membership as a whole, nor does it detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of our events.

It is important that you read and understand this Code. Anyone who attends a TitanCon event is expected to follow this Code for the entire duration of the event, including any informal pre- or post-event activities.

TitanCon reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice and reserves the sole right of interpretation. Please keep in mind that these rules involve, of course, "worst-case" scenarios and are put in place to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. They are not all-inclusive; in all cases, the singular rule that supersedes all others is, "Any action or behaviour that is illegal or causes significant interference with event operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects TitanCon's relationship with its guests, its venue, or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in revocation of membership privileges."

We anticipate no difficulties, as our members and attendees as a whole are rational and responsible adults. TitanCon is prepared to deal with any issues related to the Code in as rapid and efficient a manner as possible should they occur. We thank our members and attendees for their past cooperation and for their continued assistance in making TitanCon events enjoyable experiences for everyone. Have fun - just please remember to be courteous of those around you while doing so!


Respect for others

TitanCon wants all of its members to enjoy themselves at its events. As such, we ask that you respect each other. All TitanCon events should be a space where everyone feels welcomed and comfortable.

TitanCon operates a zero tolerance policy on aggressive and violent behaviour towards event staff and other attendees.

Discrimination (based on, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical / mental disability) is not tolerated. Harassment of any kind is not tolerated. If someone tells you "no" or asks you to leave them alone, your business with them is done.

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

  1. If you feel comfortable doing so, point out the inappropriate behaviour to the person(s) involved. Often this will solve the problem immediately.
  2. If you do not feel comfortable talking with the person(s) involved, or if talking to them does not resolve the issue, please report the situation immediately to any TitanCon Committee, Volunteer or Staff member. It would be extremely helpful if you could provide a name, badge name / number and / or physical description of the person(s) involved. Please remember that we need to know about any incidents during the event in order to take action.

Serious breaches of convention policy will result in those involved being ejected from the premises. No refund will be given. In instances were criminal law has been broken the police will be called and charges will be pressed.


Revocation of membership

TitanCon reserves the right to revoke membership from and eject anyone at anytime from a TitanCon event without a refund. Failure to adhere to any of the policies outlined in this code of conduct may result in a number of possible consequences.

Consequences include, but are not limited to:


Membership badges

TitanCon is a membership-only event. Your badge serves as ID and is required for access. All members must wear their membership badges at all times. A badge is valid only for the person to whom it was issued; badges may not be shared under any circumstances. TitanCon requires that any children 12 or older have a purchased membership for the convention. Attendees under the age of 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.


Health and safety

Attendees must comply with the instructions of TitanCon event staff in all matters of health and safety, licensing laws and fire safety regulations. TitanCon requires that attendees comply with all convention signs and notices. Attendees should not leave the designated convention area except in the case of an emergency.


Weapons

  1. No actual weapon or any item that can be mistaken for one may be carried either openly or concealed at any time on properties being used for TitanCon unless it has been peace bonded by Operations. If you wish to carry such a weapon, it must be presented to Operations. Operations staff is the final arbiter of what weapons require peace bonding. In some instances particular weapons may be prohibited as appropriate. If you are unsure about whether your weapon may be considered realistic, Operations staff will be happy to check it for you.
  2. Any actual weapon or any item that can be mistaken for one that is purchased in the dealer room must be wrapped and immediately transported to your room or vehicle. If you wish to use the item at the convention, please refer to section 1 of this policy.
  3. If an actual weapon or any item that can be mistaken for one is part of your masquerade costume, you must transport it to and from the masquerade wrapped securely unless peace bonded. The masquerade director must approve your use of any weapons during the masquerade.
  4. Live steel is prohibited. Operations is the final arbiter of what constitutes live steel.
  5. Any weapon, actual, realistic, or toy/prop, that is utilized in a threatening or harmful manner may result in confiscation of the item and/or removal of your membership without refund.
  6. Failure to adhere to any of the above policies is grounds for the removal of your membership without refund.


Photography / Recordings / Electronic devices

Attendees may use cameras and video recording devices except during panels or author readings where a panelist or author has requested that recordings are not permitted. Flash photography may only be used during the first five minutes of a program event to avoid distracting panelists and audience members from the discussion. Mobile phones should be set to vibrate only (no sound) or switched off during TitanCon panels and events.

TitanCon event attendees and members should be aware that photography and video and/or audio recordings are frequently made during panels and events by other people and that their likenesses may appear in those recordings. Attendees and members agree to assign without compensation the use of their likeness for the use of TitanCon promotional material.