Convention Policies

Convention Policies

We pride Dragon Con on being a safe place, where everybody is welcome and anybody can be whomever they desire.  Even so, certain kinds of offensive or harassing behavior are not tolerated.  To the best of our ability, we intend to eliminate inappropriate conduct from the convention.  We have revised our convention policies to be clearer on this point. 

We have also taken steps to make it easier to report instances of such behavior.  It is very important that if you are being harassed or are in any way endangered, you report it immediately.  We cannot address anything that we are not made aware of and we need whatever detail can be provided, such as names, badge numbers or other descriptive information.

If you feel you have been harassed please find the nearest Dragon Con volunteer.  This year, all 1800 Dragon Con volunteers will be easily recognized by their red lanyards.  They will direct you to the security operation in the Marriott.  If, at any time, you feel that your personal safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact the Atlanta Police Department in an emergency via 911. The Atlanta Police Department non-emergency phone number for Zone 5 is 404-658-7830.  

You may also go directly to the security operation – room M102 in the Marriott, on the Marquis level – to report an incident.  We have set up a private screening area, staffed by an Atlanta Police Department officer to counsel individuals who feel they have been harassed.  We will work closely with the APD to determine the best course of action. 

As a member, if you see someone harassed or taking inappropriate photos (where the target of the photo is unaware), we encourage you to speak up and say something.  As a community, we need to come together, look out for one another, and make sure everyone is treated with respect.

Dragon Con reserves the right to revoke or suspend memberships and passes.  If an individual breaks the rules of the convention, he or she may be barred from the convention, either for several hours (to sober up, perhaps) or for the rest of the event.  If an individual breaks the law – city, state or federal – he or she will be arrested.  If you have been accused of harassment and feel that you were treated unfairly you may appeal to the convention chair, but that decision will be final.

  1. You must wear your membership badges at all times to be admitted to any convention function. In other words, yes, you have to wear your steenkin' badge! 
  2. Possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under 21 years of age is grounds for expulsion from the convention without refund. It's, like, the law, eh? 
  3. Please keep all behavior that polite fans would find offensive in public in your hotel rooms. 
  4. Cameras are not permitted in the Art Show or Print Shop. Flash photography will not be allowed during the Masquerade; please check with Masquerade personnel for scheduled pre-or post-Masquerade photo sessions. 
  5. We'll offer sympathy, but Dragon Con is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, or for injuries sustained during the course of the convention. 
  6. Announced events and guests are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Every effort will be made to announce any changes via the Internet, pre-convention publications, and our onsite newsletter, but sometimes last-minute changes will occur. 
  7. We reserve the right to ask you to leave the convention and refuse to refund your membership money if you are behaving - in technical terms - like a jerk. For more details click here.
  8. In general, no smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed in the Dealer's Room, Panel Rooms, Art Show, Video Rooms, or Computer Room.
  9. Dragon Con has a clear *no weapons* policy that will be enforced.  All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons - including water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols.

    Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated and rule #7 enforced. We expect you to use good judgment; with your help, we can continue to allow peace-bonded weapons - thanks!
  10. Real firearms are not allowed at Dragon Con.  This includes those attendees who maintain a Georgia Weapons Carry License or a similar permit from another state.  Dragon Con security, hotel security, and local law enforcement officials will treat anything that looks like a real weapon as a weapon.  Attendees who choose to ignore this policy may be asked to leave the convention and will have their membership revoked.  Since violators can also be arrested, you should know that Dragon Con does not post bail. (Sworn law enforcement are excused from this policy.)
  11. NO CAMPING IN THE HALLS OR LOBBY! If you are found sleeping in the public areas, you will be asked to go to your hotel room. If you do not have a room, hotel or venue security will be forced to ask you to leave. Check social media for people looking for people to share rooms and costs. 
  12. Please do not abuse our hotels or convention facilities. This includes putting signs on walls. Public locations for notices are provided. Room Parties and other announcements may also be dropped off at our Information Desk for inclusion in the Daily Dragon. Please don't eat the facilities; we'd kinda like to do this again, and under a roof.... 
  13. Costumers: remember that no costume is NO costume, and there are public nudity laws in Georgia. Please wear appropriate (or at least enough) clothing in the common areas. 
  14. All Dragon Con members and attendees at the Dragon Con Convention are prevented from taking, recording, or creating film, or digital pictures, videos, tapes, sound recordings, or any other visual or auditory recreation of any kind whatsoever, of any Dragon Con guest, member, volunteer, or employee, or of any Dragon Con event, including but not limited to the Dragon Con parade, any Dragon Con forum, seminar, session, dance, or performance, for any commercial use, or for the solicitation of funds for any commercial or other purpose, without the express written permission of Dragon Con, Inc.
  15. It is against the rules of Dragon Con and all hotels to place or hand out flyers/cards in our/their space.   Flyers/cards on an open table in the convention area will be cleared to a trash receptacle. If you are handing out material in an unauthorized convention area, you will be asked to stop.  If it continues, you will be removed from the convention.
  16. Ballrooms will be cleared between each panel. As we have limited space, we ask for your cooperation and assistance with the following: Please listen to our volunteers and hotel staff when forming lines (They have done this before and generally have reasons for what they are asking you to do.). "There can be only one" (line) - please do not start your own line for any event or form multiple lines for the same event. Any such lines will not be honored and you will be sent to the back of the official line started by our volunteers. The line for the NEXT panel can start forming only after the line for the CURRENT panel is inside and seated.**Exception - if it is the first panel of the day or in the unlikely event that this ballroom does not have a current panel you may start lining up one hour prior to the start of the NEXT panel. Please be considerate of others and do not break in line. If you are pointed out we will send you to the end of the line. Please be considerate of those needing special assistance and allow them access to the areas set aside for them. Please do not sit in seats or areas marked for their use. Please do not run, fly, or teleport to your seat. And, most importantly, Have Fun - this is Dragon Con.

                  Please abide by the above rules and a good time will be had by all.