Confluence Code of Conduct

This policy applies to interactions between attendees of Confluence, the Annual Pittsburgh Science Fiction Conference, and between those attendees and all other persons on the convention site during the event, including the hotel staff and non-attending guests of the hotel.

Be respectful and courteous towards others. We expect you to understand that you need to ask before you touch someone who might object and that no means no. Costumes are not an invitation for harassment. Harassment of any kind, from intimidation to illegal behavior, will not be tolerated. We also expect you to refrain from other types of illegal, destructive, and hazardous conduct.

If you feel you are being harassed, please let the Confluence convention chair, another Confluence committee member, or a member of the Dorsai Irregulars (convention security) know. Confluence staff members all wear badges with a black ribbon marked “Staff” and members of the Dorsai Irregulars wear badges with an orange ribbon marked “Security”. You will be treated with respect and your concerns will be taken seriously. The names of all people involved will be kept confidential to the extent possible, but any accused has the right to know enough detail to be able to defend him- or herself.

Parties held in a hotel room are considered the responsibility of the person who rented the room. Thus, a person throwing a party in his or her hotel room has the right to eject any person from his or her party if he or she deems that the person is behaving inappropriately.

The people overseeing the Con Suite may, at their discretion, bar disruptive individuals from the Con Suite.

This is a smoke-free conference. No smoking in the function spaces. This includes the Con Suite.

The drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21. We will need to see a photo ID which shows your age before we serve you alcohol. If you cannot produce proof of age, you will not be served alcohol.

Please do not tape anything to the hotel walls. Come to the registration table to get some poster putty instead.

Please do not bring non-service animals with you. The only animals our hotel permits are guide dogs.

Please set cell phones to silent during panels and other presentations.

Children under 8 or who are kids-in-tow must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Unattended children will be considered to be weapons.

Weapons Policy: No real weapons are allowed, although replicas of non-ranged weaponry (swords, axes, maces, etc.) may be sold in the Dealers Room and need to be packaged safely after being purchased. Nonfunctional prop weapons are permissible as part of an obvious costume or for use by the Parallax Second Players during the Confluence play. By “obvious costume” we mean things that wouldn’t be mistaken for street clothes in most Western cities in the current year. No weapon is to be brandished in any manner. The Confluence committee and the Dorsai Irregulars reserve the right to inspect all weapons and their bindings, and ask that the weapon be re-bound or removed if found to be inappropriate. In addition, Confluence asks that members please remove all weapons and store them in hotel rooms before entering the Mundane World beyond the convention area. This includes the hotel restaurant, as well as all areas outside the hotel.

Violation of this Code of Conduct can result in action by the convention committee ranging from (but not limited to) issuing warnings, to having your membership revoked without a refund, to permanent banning. Action by the convention in no way precludes any injured individuals or the hotel from pursuing whatever remedies, civil or criminal, they see fit.

Confluence is a members-only event and the convention committee reserves the right to verify who may be a member. Everyone is expected to abide by the general rules of the convention as part of this Code of Conduct.

The Confluence conference committee reserves the right to update or change this Code of Conduct without notice.

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