Thursday, April 13, 2017 Kevin Roche

Worldcon 76 Code of Conduct

SFSFC corporate policy requires that all SFSFC events publish and enforce code of conduct and anti‐harassment policies. Below you will find our policies for Worldcon 76. They are substantially similar to the Code of Conduct for Westercon 66, but we will be using a dedicated, trained, Incident Response Team for handling member-related issues:

Worldcon 76 in San Jose is a San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Incorporated(SFSFC) event.

SFSFC, Inc. is chartered to promote and develop fantasy and science fiction in all their forms. SFSFC events include educational and social activities. Our goal is to show how fantasy and science fiction can be serious and artistic, and fun and accessible to everybody.

We fail in that goal if we create an environment where harassment of attendees and participants is condoned. Victims of harassment will not enjoy an event and will not find fantasy and science fiction to be fun or accessible. SFSFC and its event-planning teams are committed to responding respectfully to reports of harassment and taking appropriate action to stop harassment that is brought to our attention. We reserve the right to revoke a membership at our discretion at any time.

Worldcon 76 in San Jose abides by Wil Wheaton’s Law. (


These rules are heavily lifted from Further Confusion, the SF Bay Area’s furry convention. We’re grateful to AAE for their work in creating a fun and safe environment at Further Confusion. It’s also based on the Code of Conduct for Westercon 66.


Worldcon 76 in San Jose will have an Incident Response Team (IRT) available throughout the convention. Its role is to assist you if you have any problems at the convention. Call [Phone Number to be inserted later] and ask for Worldcon 76 in San Jose IRT, or visit the Member Services office and ask to speak to a IRT member. Any convention staff member can help you contact IRT as well. Remember, we cannot address a problem unless we know about it. If team members cannot assist you immediately, IRT will have someone contact you as soon as possible who can. As with all messages left with IRT, remember to give details of how, when, and where you can be contacted. You may also email the team at


Harassment is any behavior that annoys other persons, aggravates them, or makes them feel unsafe. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Unwanted or threatening physical contact,
  • Unwanted or threatening verbal contact,
  • Following someone in a public area without a legitimate reason, and
  • Threatening physical harm in any way.

Additionally, Worldcon 76 does not tolerate discrimination in any form -- including through cosplay -- based on but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical/mental health conditions.

A neat tattoo or a sexy, excellent costume does not come with permission to touch, nor is it an invitation to do so. Always ask if you may touch clothing, property, or the person. Costuming is not consent.

If you are being bothered or are uncomfortable with someone’s actions toward you, communicate any one of these messages:

  • “No.” No means no.
  • “Please stop.” Stop means stop.
  • “Please go away.” Go away means go away.

If someone won’t understand these simple rules, contact our Incident Response Team for assistance, or ask any convention staff member to do so on your behalf.

All guests and members of this convention have the right to not join in activities that cause them any form of discomfort and to speak out if they feel harassed or unsafe.  Offenders may lose their badges and be asked to leave the convention. The matter may be referred to law enforcement authorities.

Treat people as you’d want others to treat your sister or brother. Complaints will be taken very seriously. We reserve the right to revoke a membership at our discretion at any time.


Worldcon 76 in San Jose does not tolerate serving of alcohol to individuals under 21 years of age. If you are hosting a party where alcohol is being served, it is your responsibility as host to ensure that the age of anyone drinking alcohol is checked. You should also designate someone not to drink, so that there is a fully competent person present to deal with any emergencies that might arise.

Section 25660 of the Business & Professions Code of California states that convention parties serving alcohol can accept "bona fide" forms of identification which are currently valid and issued by a government agency containing the following information: (a) name of person, (b) a photograph, (c) a physical description, and (d) date of birth.

Acceptable form of identification:

  • Driver’s licenses
  • Passports
  • Passport cards
  • Military identifications

All properties associated with Worldcon 76 and its functions are non-smoking and non-vaping, which includes cannabis. Cannabis edibles in any form may not be served at the convention.

Worldcon 76 does not tolerate the use of illegal substances.

Serving or dosing individuals with any form of intoxicant without their explicit consent is strictly forbidden.

Violation of the above rules could subject you to the immediate loss of your badge and convention privileges, or referral of the matter to legal or other authorities as applicable.


Worldcon 76 in San Jose wants you to have great memories from a fantastic convention. Photographs and videotape footage by attendees are generally allowed in all common areas of the convention with the exception of the Art Show. Specific rules regarding these matters may exist for selected events, such as concerts. Please consult the Pocket Program for information relating to specific events.

When photographing or videotaping individuals or costumes, use common courtesy and ask before photographing them. Respect their rights if they do not wish to be photographed or videotaped. If someone asks or otherwise indicates (remember many folks in costume do not speak) that they do not wish to be photographed, do not photograph them!

Photography or videography for the purpose of sale or publication to the press is expressly forbidden unless written permission has been obtained from Worldcon 76 in San Jose.

Individuals may take pictures and videotapes for private viewing or sharing with friends. We ask our attendees to be courteous to those they wish to take pictures of, especially if you wish to place those pictures or video clips onto a personal Web page or similar Internet archive. In this case, ask your subjects for their explicit permission to do this.


If you have questions or comments regarding Worldcon 76 in San Jose policies, please contact our Ombudsman and IRT Area Head, Lori Buschbaum, at

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  • No firearms, airsoft weapons, tazers, batons, pepper spray, or replicas of guns. No functional bows and arrows. Any prop guns must look like a prop from 50 feet away. This is for your safety and for the safety of our other members.
  • No costume may generate odor, smoke, or fog, or have overly bright or flashing lights.
  • No live steel. Live steel is defined as swords, knives, or other objects made of metal, which can take an edge. Dull metal weapons are considered live steel, and therefore are not permitted.
  • No metal or wood bats, metal pipes, or long metal chains.
  • Any item that is designed or manufactured with the intent to cause bodily injury or death, any item that is illegal in the state of California, or any other item that appears dangerous or may pose a risk of harm will not be allowed on the premises. This will be up to the sole discretion of qualified con staff.
  • Operating a prop to shoot an object of any material is not allowed at the con and will result in your peacebond being removed.
  • Current US military uniforms, costumes that may be confused with law enforcement, or other emergency response personnel are not permitted at con.
  • If you buy a prop/livesteel at con, you may have it tagged with a peacebond if it belongs with the costume/cosplay you are currently wearing and follows the weapon policy. If not, it needs to be removed from the premises and taken to your hotel room or off-site.
  • You may display your prop weapons only as costume pieces. Do not swing or brandish your prop weapon in any way that could be considered unsafe or threatening.
  • You may pose with a prop weapon in a brandishing manner, so long as no reasonable person would interpret it as anything but a pose for dramatic effect. Con management may stop your posed brandishing in their sole discretion.


If you have questions or comments regarding Worldcon 76 in San Jose policies, please contact our IRT Area Head, Lori Buschbaum, at