The main focus of CrossingsCon is to hang out and have fun! But there is also a code of conduct we expect our attendees, staff, and guests to adhere to so that the convention stays fun for everyone.
Keep to these rules and we’ll be able to avoid speeding up entropy, at least in our corner of the universe:
- Respect your cousins.
- Don’t harass anyone.
- Don’t spoil anyone on anything - especially Mark Oshiro!
- What is illegal outside the convention is illegal inside the convention.
- Children 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult 18 or over.
- Costumes should be safe enough to accidentally bump into and not get hurt.
- Always check your name before doing a spell.
- Listen to convention staff when they ask you to do something (or stop doing something).
Failure to observe these rules will result in appropriate action being taken by staff, up to and including revocation of your badge and ejection from convention space at the extreme. If there is a disagreement, the ruling of the convention chair is final.
If you have any questions about our rules and policies, contact us! We’d hate to have misunderstanding that could have been avoided.
In order to make sure that everyone is on the same page about what is and isn’t harassment, how to report harassment, and what will happen if someone reports harassment, here is CrossingCon’s anti-harassment policy:
If someone’s behavior makes you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or unwelcome, that is harassment.
CrossingsCon does not tolerate harassment of any kind, including (but not limited to) behaviors such as: stalking, hate speech, bathroom policing, inappropriate or unasked-for contact, or taking pictures without permission. The aforementioned hate speech could be in reference to: race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, marital or relationship status, pregnancy, gender presentation or identity, sexual or romantic orientation, appearance or body type, or disability. This is not an exhaustive list.
Keep your hands to yourself. Ask before hugging. Watch what you say, how you say it, and how people react to it. Remember that cosplay is not consent: the way someone dresses doesn’t give you license to touch them (or their costume) or take pictures of them without asking first. If you ask and they say no, respect that.
If you feel harassed, you are welcome to ask your harasser to stop, if you feel comfortable doing so. Otherwise, find a CrossingsCon staff member and report the harassment. Once notified, the staff member will do what is necessary in their judgement to stop the harassing behavior, up to and including revocation of the harasser’s badge and ejection from convention space. We will also, if you like, take steps to help you feel safe again, like escorting you to a place you feel safe or calling your friends or family for you.
This policy applies without exception to everyone at the convention, including attendees, special guests, convention staff, and venue staff.
Can’t tell you this yet. Spoilers!
We at CrossingsCon are committed to making the convention experience as accessible and enjoyable as possible to all cousins, regardless of the nature or intensity of their disabilities.
To that end (in the service of our Art), we have already made the following provisions:
- All common spaces are wheelchair-accessible, and wheelchair-accessible bedrooms are available.
- Public bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.
- Priority seating will be available in panels to guests who are hard-of-hearing and/or have low vision.
- Official Con text, such as a program book, etc, will be available digitally on crossingscon.org for ease of screen-reader access.
- For the well-being of attendees with epilepsy, flashing lights from cameras, costumes, or presentation screens will be prohibited in panels and all other Con-specific spaces.
We can make these provisions if you contact us before April 30, 2017:
- Large print physical program books
- Sign language interpreters
If you have a serious environmental allergy, please let us know, but we cannot guarantee that the space will be free of all allergens.
With specific respect to our offsite programming, we will soon have the following information:
- Walking distance required
- Elevator/escalator/ramp presence at various locations
- Availability of audio/visual supports at tour locations
We also encourage you to look at the websites for our offsite programming locations.
If there is anything else we missed or about which you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.