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These policies are subject to change.
WhedonCon is a family-friendly convention that provides its attendees with a weekend full of entertainment to socialize and have a good time. To that end, we have created and enforce the following rules of conduct that are in place for our conventions. The purchase of a badge for a WhedonCon convention includes your acknowledgement that you will follow all of these policies at all times.
Attendees must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Your convention badge is the property of WhedonCon/Fandom Charities Inc.which reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy, permanent ban from all future WhedonCon conventions; and make contact with appropriate legal authorities. WhedonCon reserves the right to deal with each matter individually, in a manner deemed fit by its Directors.
The WhedonCon Convention Operations Office aka ConOps is located on the 2nd floor of the Hilton LAX. During show hours you can always find a WhedonCon team member at the ConOps Office. Please stop by there if you have any questions or concerns.
General Convention Policies
You must wear and display your badge at all times while onsite at the Hilton LAX during WhedonCon, including hotel common reas.
The following activities will not be tolerated during the WhedonCon conventions:
Physical or verbal harassment of attendees, guests of the convention, convention workers, the public or hotel staff
Sexual misconduct, such as indecent exposure, offensive touching, or other sexual harassment
Engaging in disruptive, inappropriate, prohibited by law, or unsafe behavior that disturbs other attendees, guests of the convention, convention workers, the public or hotel staff
Asking any guest of WhedonCon for an autograph or photograph outside the convention’s posted autograph/photo hours.
Possession or use of any item defined as a weapon, illegal or not, with the exception of costume weapons (as defined in our Weapons Policy, below)
Airspace (Balloons, Drones, etc.)
No devices may be flown or tethered within the confines of the Exhibit Hall or at any WhedonCon function in the Hilton LAX or on Hilton LAX grounds. This includes drones, helium balloons and helium-filled products, or any lighter-than-air objects either powered or unpowered.
Badges and Identification
Always wear your badge and hang on to it! You will need your badge to attend any WhedonCon function, including all daytime and nighttime panels and events at the Hilton LAX and, of course, browsing or shopping in the Sunnydale Mall. Keep your badge visible so team members and Hilton LAX staff do not stop you. If you’re asked to show your badge please do so, including in the hotel general areas. Badges are nontransferable. Please do not give your badge to a friend or to people outside the Hilton LAX when you leave WhedonCon as you run the risk of your badge being revoked without refund.
Costuming and Attire
WhedonCon reserves the right to deem a costume unacceptable and request the wearer to make modifications as necessary. This convention is a family-friendly event. Please keep this in mind when choosing costumes and allow common sense and good taste to prevail.
All attendees are required by the hotel to wear approved footwear while in the convention space, which includes shoes, sandals, flip-flops or slippers. Bare feet, wheeled shoes, roller-skates, and hover-boards are not allowed on hotel property.
Photography and Videotaping
No video or audio recording is allowed of the footage on the screens during panels at WhedonCon. The footage shown in these panels is exclusive, brought to WhedonCon by the panelists with limited studio and network permissions. Please respect their rights and allow us to continue to show this type of material to our attendees.
Photography and videotaping of other activities including general cosplay, etc., are acceptable provided that it does not disrupt events or the flow of foot traffic. Should any convention guest or team member request that videotaping of a particular event/item be discontinued, please comply with this request immediately.
Costume Prop/Weapons Policy
No functional props or weapons are allowed at WhedonCon. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by ConOps team and compliance with the following:
All costume props and weapons must be inspected at one of the Weapons/Costume Props Desk on the main level registration area.
All costume props and weapons must conform to state and federal law.
Projectile costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable.
Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.
Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.
After your costume props have been checked, they will be tagged by ConOps and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your props have been checked.
ConOps will escort you to the Costume Props Desk for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.
If you do not want to have your costume props inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume weapons to WhedonCon.
All costume props and weapons MUST be inspected at the Costume Props Desks.
NO LATEX BALLOONS, GLOVES OR OTHER LATEX ITEMS allowed on site either for sale, giveaways or decorations. There are team members and attendees who have a deadly allergy to latex which will cause anaphylactic shock. Make sure to leave your drones, helium balloons, helium-filled products, fireworks, handcarts, trolleys, rolling luggage, and pets (excluding service animals) at home. Absolutely no functioning props or weapons are allowed. Only active on-duty police officers may carry firearms within the WhedonCon convention area. All other persons are strictly prohibited regardless of license or status.
No Live Streaming of ANY Program or Event in a Programming Room without prior approval
The usage of live streaming apps and software on any electronic device (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) is not allowed in any program and event rooms. Filming with prior approval must be done without blocking the view of other attendees.
No Wearable Cameras/Video Recorders/Camera Phones
Remember that recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited (see above: No Video or Audio Recording of Program or Event without prior approval). This includes any recording device, digital, analog, or otherwise, including wearable cameras. You cannot wear these devices during footage viewing in any program room.
Also, please turn off your devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and put them away during screening of panel footage. Not doing so interferes with everyone’s viewing quality and causes ConOps to think you’re recording the clip.
No Pets Allowed in Programming Area (see Access Services Regarding Service Animals)
If you have pets, including iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, or other nonhuman critters, please leave them at home. While the Hilton LAX may allow a hotel guest to bring a domestic pet (please confirm directly with Hilton LAX before bringing them), WhedonCon can only allow service animals in the convention area.
WhedonCon and/or Fandom Charities Inc. are not responsible for any loss, damage, theft, or injury with regard to any attendee at any time. Attendees are responsible for their individual actions and any repercussions that may result. Civil or medical emergencies must be reported to Convention Operations and hotel Security staff who will contact the proper authorities.
No Retail Sales Unless Exhibit Space Has Been Purchased from WhedonCon
No retail sales are allowed anywhere in WhedonCon unless you purchased or were allocated exhibit space. This includes the Sunnydale Mall, common areas such as lobbies, program rooms, and outside venues, such as the Hilton LAX grounds. Retail sales are strictly limited to the exhibitors in the Sunnydale Mall. In addition, there is no solicitation of tips, fees, or donations for any reason, unless you have a booth, table, or official space allocated by WhedonCon.
No Selfie Sticks or Similar Devices at WhedonCon or Hilton LAX
Selfie sticks, GoPro poles, stilts, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand or body are not allowed at WhedonCon.
If you’re seen with one of these devices, you will be asked by ConOps to put it away and not use it at WhedonCon. This includes all of the Hilton LAX: Sunnydale Mall, programming and event rooms, etc., and on Hilton LAX grounds inside or outside.
No Smoking, Including E-cigarettes and Vaping Products and Devices
No smoking (of anything) is allowed at any WhedonCon event at any time and in any location. No smoking at WhedonCon includes traditional cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or E-cigarettes and any vaping product or device. This policy includes the Sunnydale Mall, all the Programming rooms, and event spaces at the Hilton LAX. You are welcome to step outside the WhedonCon convention area to smoke in designated smoking areas only, but please be considerate of others when you do. This policy is in place not only for the comfort of attendees but also to comply with City of Los Angeles city ordinances prohibiting smoking at public events near any doorway, entrance, exit, or operable window. Please comply with this policy; noncompliance may result in ejection from the convention.
WhedonCon reserves the right to change or modify any policy or rule at any time and without notice.