Code of Conduct
In order to make your convention experience and that of your fellow con-goers a pleasant one, we require everyone to observe the following rules. Persons violating this Code of Conduct may be asked to leave Yama-Con. Please have your Yama-Con event badge openly displayed on your person at all times while in any of the convention space(s).
Yama-Con reserves the right to refuse entrance into the events or service to any individual or group at any time.
General Rules & Conduct
- Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. If you feel you are being harassed, please contact the Public Safety Department or the nearest Staff member.
- All individuals will be held to the standards of our Props Policy and Dress Code as published on this site.
- Fighting, combat, affray, mock combat, horseplay, fist fighting, martial arts sparring or demonstrations, or any other similar behavior will not be tolerated.
- Disorderly and disruptive behavior such as hollering, cursing around minors, noisemakers, and disrupting foot traffic is prohibited and may result in ejection from Yama-Con.
- Persons committing theft, shoplifting, larceny, burglary, looting, robbery, counterfeiting, and fraud will be ejected from Yama-Con and given to the custody of Pigeon Forge Police.
- Persons committing vandalism, graffiti, defacement, destruction of property, and criminal damage will be ejected from Yama-Con and given to the custody of Pigeon Forge Police.
- Sales of merchandise or any other item outside of authorized Yama-Con venues is prohibited.
- Panhandling, begging, soliciting, busking (street performing), or performing any act in exchange for goods, services, or money is prohibited.
- Do not move any chairs or tables.
- If you are under 21, it is illegal to consume alcohol in the State of Tennessee.
- If you are over 21, be responsible if you consume alcohol: only drink in appropriate places, know when you’ve had too many, etc.
- Do not sleep in public spaces or function rooms.
- Put trash in trash receptacles only.
- Do not post flyers, posters, or promotional materials in public spaces or on walls; use designated tables and bulletin boards only.
- Turn off your cell phone or silence your phone while attending videos, panels, and events.
- Events, videos, and panels that Yama-Con deems to be of an adult nature require government-issued photo identification indicating appropriate age (18+) to enter.
- If you have a prescription for the drugs you take, please bring it; if not, leave it at home. Anyone found in possession of controlled substance will be ejected from the convention and given to the custody of the Pigeon Forge Police.
- Yama-Con is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all. As such, we ask you to remember that boundaries and comfort levels vary from person to person.
- Do not assume that a behavior you would find acceptable is therefore acceptable to another person.
- It is each individual’s responsibility to obtain definitive consent from another person for anything that involves that person. The absence of expressed consent must be treated as refusal.
- It is likewise every individual’s right to dictate their own boundaries and be respected.
- Yama-Con will not tolerate harassment and reserves the right to revoke badge privileges and remove from the premises anyone found to be contributing to an unsafe or hostile convention environment.
- If you feel that you are unsafe or being harassed, please approach any member of Staff for assistance in finding a Public Safety team member or Pigeon Forge Police Officer. Your safety and comfort are a top priority.
Here are some examples of things that are considered to be harassment and will result in your expulsion and possibly a lifetime ban from Yama-Con. Harassment is anything that makes someone else significantly uncomfortable; this includes but is not limited to:
- Taking pictures without permission.
- Encroaching on personal space and/or boundaries.
- Physical assault or battery.
- Unwelcome physical attention.
- Sustained disruption of panels, signings, and/or other events.
- Inappropriate touching of anyone at the convention.
- Touching someone without their permission.
- Destruction of someone’s costume.
- Bathroom policing.
- Inappropriate language to any attendees, staff, guests or convention center staff.
- Disrespectful or rude behavior.
If you feel as though you are being harassed or have witnessed harassment, please do not hesitate to tell a staff member immediately! Prompt and immediate action helps us to better solve the problem.
If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the duration of Yama-Con. It is our goal to create a safe and fun environment for our attendees.
Badges and wristbands serve as proof of membership for the dates and/or times listed on them. Your membership grants you access to all non-specialty events and function spaces based on availability and convention policies. Specialty events may require an additional fee. Badges and wristbands remain the property of Yama-Con and must be surrendered on request by an authorized representative of Yama-Con. Please remember that duplicating a membership badge is forgery – a felony in the state of Tennesse. If you are caught forging and/or selling forged badges, you will be banned from the convention and given to the custody of the Pigeon Forge Police.
The Yama-Con venue spaces comprise the Exhibit Hall/Ballrooms of the LeConte Center, Access to these spaces requires that proof of membership be displayed at all times. No proof of membership is required to go to registration.
Badge checks are performed for entrance to the following areas:
- LeConte Center
Persons without proof of membership found to be loitering in any controlled spaces will be required to buy a membership or asked to leave.