The following rules shall be considered agreed to with the purchase of membership to any and or all of HonorCon / MantiCon / SphinxCon. Our Conventions wish is to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all attendees. We encourage you to come to have a good time and to be whomever you wish to be. If at any time you feel that your safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact Convention Security immediately (Shore Patrol), who will then contact the Police and Hotel Security as required. To that end, however, certain forms of behavior have been deemed inappropriate by the convention committee.
Definition of Harassment:
The act of systematic and/or continued unwanted actions of one party or a group, including threats, demands and inappropriate touching. The purposes may vary, including racial prejudice, personal malice, an attempt to gain sexual favors, or merely gain sadistic pleasure from making someone fearful or anxious. Such activities may be based on race or sex, involve revenge by an ex-spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend, or be shown to be a form of blackmail ("I'll stop bothering you, if you'll go to bed with me.").
Any Convention area is a Safe Zone. This will include and not limited to, the Hospitality Suite, Green Room, any established area of The Royal Manticoran Navy (TRMN), and any other area if it is signed as such. Where we expect the entire location of any of our conventions to be one large safe zone, we understand this cannot always be the case. We encourage and support anyone who chooses to find one of our security people (Shore Patrol) in the yellow berets for any safe zone needs.
examples of our signage:
The Manticore Company Limited Conventions Policy on Harassment:
1. When harassment is reported to or noticed by any staff member of our Conventions, with anyone the Convention or TMCL is working or working with us, on site, or any attendee at our Conventions, the person who noticed it or to whom it was reported shall, assuming security or law enforcement is not involved yet, shall first ensure that the victim is in a place where they feel safe and secure, or escort them to a designated Safe Secure Area of their choice.
2. The person who noticed the harassment, or to whom it was reported, shall pass the incident to the highest ranking Staff Member available, who will ensure that the Convention Security (Shore Patrol) Head is informed immediately.
3. The Convention Security Head, or his/her appropriate designee, will:
a. Speak with the victim and ensure that they are feeling safe and know that they can always come to a Safe secure area, if they need a place to go.
b. Take an official Report for convention Security and senior convention Staff.
c. If the harasser is also an attendee of one of our Conventions, the Security Head, or his/her designee will, in addition to 3b, with approval from the Convention Chair, Co-Chair, or TMCL directors *only*, deny the harasser entry to any functions for the remainder of the convention.
All of our Conventions have a Zero Tolerance policy with regards to harassment. Costuming *is not* consent! If you see someone taking photos that are either inappropriate or where the subject is unaware, we encourage you to speak up. As a community of fans, we need to look out for each other and make sure everyone is treated with the respect they deserve.
Most importantly of all, have fun! Our Con will be what you make it!
Photo courtesy of Zach Perkins, Manticon 2016
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