Policies

Daku Con Rules and Policies

Because this convention is a meeting place for our attendees to enjoy a gathering of peers, regardless of background or personal differences, we expect that all attendees will treat all others at Daku Con with a respect that serves to unite the communities. Everyone is here to have a good time, meet new friends, and enjoy the convention with other like-minded individuals. In order to produce a comfortable atmosphere for all, we have adopted a strict policy against prejudice or harassment of any kind.

Prejudicial and discriminatory remarks or behaviors toward any other Daku Con attendees, Daku Con staff, volunteers, hotel staff, guests, or anyone else on the grounds of gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, (dis)ability, or any other reason will not be tolerated at any time during the convention weekend. This policy applies regardless of whether or not registration and/or programming are open at the time the inappropriate speech or behavior occurs.

If you experience or witness any acts of prejudice or discrimination against your person or another attendee, or have any other issues involving attendees, convention staff, or hotel employees, please visit us at our ConOps where we will take your statement and do our best to rectify the situation.  Repercussions for such incidents will include punishment up to and including (but not limited to) banning the offender(s) from the current Daku Con, all future Daku Cons, and all activities and events associated with the convention.

Age Policy

All attendees are required to be at least 18 years of age to enter the convention.

All attendees must have a valid government photo ID to be given their badge and wristband.

Acceptable Photo ID: Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, Military ID, or a combination of IDs (such as school ID with full legal name and photo plus a birth certificate).

If you will turn 18 on the day of the con, please be sure to have sufficient proof of your age in order to get your badge and wristband.

All attendees must be present with their ID to be given their badge and wristband. No one can pick up your badge/wristband by proxy.

Your Badge and Your Wristband

You MUST wear your badge and wristband at all times while at the convention. Staff and volunteers are specifically directed to check for both, so make sure to wear them to gain entry to Daku Con rooms and events.

If your badge and/or wristband is used by a minor or an unauthorized/banned person to gain admission into the convention, you may be held liable for any damages incurred and may be permanently banned from all Daku Con events.

If found you are found giving your badge and wristband to anyone under the age of 18, both you and them will be banned from all Daku Con events.

If a badge or wristband is lost it will not be replaced. You will have to buy a new pass.

Dress Code

We welcome all kinds of cosplay   Being an 18+ convention opens up possibilities for a lot of fun varieties and ideas. With this in mind, Daku Con still has a dress code. Nudity is not allowed at Daku Con, all attendees must be covered at minimum to the same extent as swimwear. If you can’t wear it to a public pool you can’t wear it at the convention.  Shoes or some kind of footwear must be worn at all times.

The Daku Con rules dress code are only pertain to the convention floor, the hotel area has different guidelines.

In Hotel Area Rules:

All attendees must be street ready as public decency laws will apply.

We will have elevators that can take attendees from the hotel room floor to the convention floor so that attendees can skip the lobby for their convenience.

Daku Con security will be patrolling the halls and will stop anyone breaking the dress code.

Weapons

While costume weaponry is welcome at the convention (at the discretion of the Daku Con staff), please leave your real weapons at home.  

“Live steel “is expressly forbidden. (Don’t risk it! We’ll be forced to remove you from the convention!) Note these special rules regarding weapons and weapon facsimiles:

1. NO weapons made of real steel or metallic parts

2. Realistic looking weapons must the “peace bonded” by Convention Operations or Security with a pre-designated piece of ribbon or gaffer’s tape.

3. Imitation firearms must comply with the law and be transparent or brightly coloured. Having an orange tip is no longer sufficient.

Any and all weaponry in the Dealers’ Hall must remain in its original packaging while you are on convention premises. Failure to observe this rule will result in the weapon AND your badge being confiscated.

Respect Hotel Regulations and Property

If you wouldn’t do it at your grandmother’s house, don’t do it here. No wild parties. Quiet hours after 10pm, no shoplifting, no verbal or physical violence, and no other illegal activities are allowed.

Don’t trash your hotel room (or any hotel area, including restaurants, lobbies, and convention rooms) or any furnishings. If you damage your hotel room, you will be held financially responsible. If you damage hotel property in a public area (ie. the lobby or convention rooms), you will be held financially responsible AND ejected from the convention. Depending on the extent of the damage, the hotel may press charges against you for destruction of private property. Similarly, Daku Con reserves the right to permanently ban a badge holder who inflicts such damage.

Respect the rights and privacy of other hotel guest.

Be courteous to other hotel guests, regardless of whether or not they are attending Daku Con. Keep hallways and doorways clear so as not to obstruct traffic. After 10 PM, please stay quiet in the room areas. Remember, if non-Daku Con hotel guests complains we may not be allowed to have another convention at the hotel in the future.

Courtesy towards the staff and other attendees goes a long way.

We know it happens; the Dealers’ Hall or panel is packed, or a panel you really want to see is full and the staff and volunteers at the door aren’t letting anyone else in. We’re not trying to keep you from enjoying the convention, but we do have to abide by the fire code. Or maybe a staff member INSISTS on seeing your ID (as they should). We have age-restricted material on display in our convention rooms, so please be patient while we make sure you’re the age of majority (in the United States, that’s at least 18 years old). Other issues may arise, so please employ patience and politeness even when you’re frustrated. We really appreciate it.

Guests

Guests are to be treated with respect.

Official guests will sign autographs at certain appointed times and ONLY at those times. You may, of course, bring the guests’ published works for autographs, as well as any guest-related items that the guests makes available for purchase.

Photography

We have a Check First Policy. Just because people are in cosplay does not give you the right to take a photo without asking. Cosplay is Not Consent.  Check First!

Keep in mind that some programing will not allow photographs or video in the room. If photos are allowed, they may be run as general con pictures.

If you have any problems or concerns,

Please let ConOps or Security know immediately. Staff will respond to your concerns promptly and professionally. Let bring any questions, concerns, or issues to ConOps where we should be able to look into any issues for you and assist you appropriately.

Alcohol and Drugs

While Daku Con is an adult convention, not all attendees are of legal consumption age. Anyone over the age of 21 will be provided a wristband upon checking in at registration. This wristband will be required to be worn by anyone expecting to consume alcoholic beverages in the convention area. Convention Staff reserve the right to request ID of anyone at the show, regardless of if they have a wristband or not. Anyone caught providing their wristband or beverages to someone underage will be subject to immediate action.

Alcohol in the rooms will be in accordance to hotel policy. If the hotel does not allow it, then do not do it. Anyone failing to respect the hotel rules and policies will be subject to immediate action.

Drugs are a no go at the convention, in the rooms or on the convention floor. Anyone caught using or providing illegal subtances to anyone at the convention will be subject to immediate action.