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Code of Conduct - Relaxacon '08

Arisia Relaxacon Code of Conduct and Behavior Policies

To help ensure our members' happiness and a successful convention, we have established a Code of Conduct and Behavior Policies for all members. We have no desire to police our membership, but we do have some requests and expectations that will help ensure a pleasurable weekend for all.

We will happily refund the membership fee of anyone who finds the policies contained herein unacceptable.

General Demeanor - Common Sense Required

Reminder: The hotel is not dedicated completely to our use for the weekend. Members of the general public stay here or visit the hotel to dine and socialize. Please be considerate of non-convention individuals at all times.

Arisia expects its members to respect each other and behave in a generally civilized fashion. Members should respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. If you wouldn't do it at home, please don't do it here.

Please report to the convention committee any incidents in which a member of the convention is abusive, insulting, intimidating, bothersome, or acting in an unsafe or illegal manner. Arisia reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership of anyone for just cause. Persons violating the law may be turned over to the police or the hotel security force.

Sleeping in public or convention areas of the hotel is forbidden by the hotel management. This is private property. The hotel strictly forbids throwing, dropping, or flying anything from the balconies..

Disruptive behavior by children or adults is not acceptable, and any actions disturbing to attendees may result in a request to leave.

All convention members are required to wear their membership badges while in convention areas.

Children as Fans and Companions

Arisia does not provide child care or babysitting for children at the Relaxacon.  All children over 5 must have a membership.

Children under 10 years old must be under the supervision of an authorized adult at all times, and no more than three children per supervising adult accompanying.

Parents of children aged 10 and older who believe their children are mature enough may choose to allow their children to freely roam the convention on their own. Any child who excessively misbehaves is subject to having their entire membership revoked.

Parties in Guest Rooms

If you'd like to host a party (public or private), you must register with us in advance.  Being in a Party Host room also ensures you are covered by Arisia's corkage agreement (allowing you to serve food and drinks).

Parties may be "open" (all convention members welcome, and with doors open or ajar) or "closed" (private).

Party hosts are responsible for adhering to convention policies, hotel rules, and local, state, and federal laws.

Smoking, Weapons, and Illegal Acts

Under Massachusetts law, smoking is permitted only in certain guest rooms and other areas so designated.  If you wish to smoke, verify that you are booked in a smoking room when you arrive.

Laws governing illegal substances, obscenity, weapons, public behavior, and the treatment of minors must be strictly observed.

Photography, Videography, and Press Policy

There will be photographers present; if you do not wish to be photographed or recorded please state so clearly and unambiguously. Photographers, ask permission before you photograph or audio/videotape any person or group. Anyone wishing to take pictures or make audio or video recordings of any part of the convention must read and agree to the terms of a separate photographers/videographers release. Anyone wishing to sell photographs or audio or video recordings of any part of the convention (including the masquerade) must read and agree to the terms of a separate photographers/videographers contract.

If you are acting on behalf of a publication, video production organization, or news medium of any kind (freelance or employed; commercial publication, media, or fanzine), you must go to the information desk and register for a press pass.

Individuals or organizations violating these guidelines by selling, reproducing, broadcasting, or publishing materials obtained at an Arisia convention without permission may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.