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

  • Respect your fellow attendees. Everyone has the right to a safe and fun time at Yama-Con. Don’t do anything that harasses, threatens, or harms other attendees. If you are being harassed, threatened, or harmed, please find a member of Yama-Con’s Safety Team. See our anti-harassment policy for more details.
  • Don’t break the law. Please don’t steal, start fights, drink if you’re underage (or give drinks to minors), or do anything else that’s illegal in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, or the United States.

    • 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 vandalism, graffiti, defacement, destruction of property, and criminal damage will be ejected from Yama-Con and given to the custody of Pigeon Forge Police.
    • 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.
  • Don’t drink or smoke in the convention space. Please use designated outside areas for smoking. Using e-cigarettes and vapes counts as smoking for the purposes of this rule.

  • Wear your badge at all times. Your badge must be visible. If a staff member asks to see your badge or photo ID, you must show it to them. Yama-Con reserves the right to deny entrance to any part of convention space to anyone not wearing a valid convention badge.

  • Keep your kids with you. Attendees under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, even when in designated children’s programming areas. Parents will be held responsible for any damages caused by their children.

  • Follow the prop and costume rules. See our Prop and Costume Policy for more details.

  • Follow hotel and convention center policies. Don’t sleep in public areas or play in public fountains. Don’t bring pets with you (though service animals are allowed). If a hotel or convention center staff member asks you to do something, follow their directions.

  • Obey all directions given to you by Yama-Con staff members. If you have a problem with something a staff member asks you to do, follow their directions first, then ask to see their supervisor.

    Failure to follow these rules may result in consequences up to and including revocation of your membership and badge, removal from convention space, and involvement of local law enforcement. The head of Yama-Con’s Safety Department has the final say as to the interpretation of these rules.

Anti-Harassment Policy

If someone’s behavior makes you feel unwelcome, unsafe, or uncomfortable, that is harassment.

Yama-Con does not allow harassment of any kind, including but not limited to behaviors such as: stalking, offensive comments, hate speech, bathroom policing, inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact, recording or taking pictures without permission, and repeatedly disrupting conversations you have been asked to leave. The aforementioned comments or hate speech could be in relation to: age, race or ethnicity, color, citizenship or national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, appearance, clothing, body size, pregnancy, disability, or religion. This list is not an exhaustive list.

Tips

  • Keep your hands to yourself.

  • Respect your fellow attendees.

  • Keep an eye on what you say to people and how you act around them.

  • Remember, cosplay is not consent: just because someone is in costume, it doesn’t give you permission to take a picture or touch their costume.

  • Ask first, and if they tell you no, respect that.

What to do if you see or experience harassment

If you feel harassed or see someone else being harassed, notify a staff member immediately. You are also within your rights to ask the harasser to stop on your own. Once notified, Yama-Con staff will take any action necessary to stop the behavior, up to and including badge revocation and expulsion from convention premises. We will also take steps to help you feel safe again at your request, such as escorting you to a place you feel safe, contacting your friends or family for you, or contacting law enforcement.

This policy applies without exception to everyone at the convention, including attendees, panelists, vendors, guests, convention staff, and venue staff.

Membership Policies

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 North Meeting Hall Rooms & LeConte Hall 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.

Persons without proof of membership found to be loitering in any controlled spaces will be required to buy a membership or asked to leave.