RULES AND INFORMATION
Code of Conduct & Guidelines for Encouraged Behavior
SizeCon is committed to providing a space that feels as safe and inclusive as reasonably possible. We recognize that attendees come from a variety of different backgrounds and that social expectations vary from community to community. We hope that these issues will not emerge during the course of the convention. We assume the best of intentions in our participants unless presented with information that suggests otherwise. In these cases, the convention staff will not hesitate to take action based upon the below Code of Conduct.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As a private event, SizeCon can sanction or remove attendees for any reason. This policy aims to provide clear and reasonable guidelines for expected behavior at the event and possible consequences if an individual transgresses against these guidelines. The consequences for breaking the Code of Conduct range from verbal warnings to ejection from the conference and associated online communities, as detailed below.
We understand that at times, our attendees will have disagreements or interpersonal conflicts that do not necessarily escalate to the point of harassment or abuse. SizeCon will not arbitrate these sorts of feuds. If, however, conflicts escalate to the point that they 1) threaten attendee safety, or 2) violate our Code of Conduct at the convention (example: racist or sexist language), the event staff may become involved. If you are unsure as to how something may be viewed, err on the side of caution and respect.
Each complaint received by the convention is evaluated on a case-by-case basis based upon the evidence presented, existing information about the participants in question, and ultimately, the judgment of the members of the security team and convention leadership.
SizeCon’s definition of harassment may not necessarily align with legal definitions of harassment. Therefore, attendees should regard the following guidelines as expectations of conduct in addition to legally actionable actions. In other words, the legal expectations of tangible proof are not necessary for the event staff to take action upon a complaint.
For our purposes, harassment includes:
Verbal comments or displayed images that denigrate individuals based upon gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, political beliefs, philosophies, geographic origin, or socioeconomic status;
Physical or verbal intimidation or any other behavior that reasonable individuals would view as abusive;
Loud arguments that move beyond the expectations of polite discourse;
Non-consensual photography or recording;
Sustained disruption of activities or other events;
Inappropriate physical contact or proximity;
Non-consensual physical or emotional interactions;
Unwelcome sexual attention, whether verbal or physical.
This harassment policy applies to both in-person and online activities. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. SizeCon volunteers and staff are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.
Please note that while SizeCon’s commitment to fostering diversity aims to protect members of historically marginalized groups, the committee does not approve of blatant sexism or racism toward any group, including individuals from positions of historical power. The goal of our conference is to foster good will and shared insights among all groups rather than alienating individuals from one another. While political and societal discussions are allowed, overly generalizing the perspectives of attendees or leveling individual accusations toward someone based upon race, gender, or class are not appropriate.
The conference will provide members of the event staff detailed instructions and training procedures in case of a violation or emergency. Attendees can report harassment at any time:
Before the event: If you are privy to information about harassment toward yourself or someone else by someone in the community at large, whether or not they plan openly to attend SizeCon, please email us at Production@sizecon.com. As registration is private, this information may prove important later. Please include as many details as possible, though you may choose to remove the identities of the alleged victims if a concern for retribution is present. These messages will remain confidential, known only to the organizers of the convention and our security staff. Reports received about registered attendees before the event are subject to the same consequences as those received during the conference.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our aim is for SizeCon to be a place for anyone of age (18+) to gather and share their love for size. Even with this focus, we want the convention to be a place that’s just as welcoming to open-minded friends and family, and really just anyone curious about size in general. Most important is that, no matter who shows up, the convention is a positive space and, of course, a whole lot of fun!
We strive to provide attendees with a safe environment at SizeCon and have trained staff and security on site. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our staff with any questions or concerns you may have! SizeCon attendees must wear their badge at all times during the convention, or have them ready to show to staff if asked. That is to say, not just anyone will be able to wander into the convention: this is a private space, for us.
Cosplay is welcome and encouraged inside of the convention. However, outside of the convention doors, such as inside of the hosting hotel, attendees are asked to adhere to what is generally considered appropriate. Please refrain from bringing costumes or masks that may scare or intimidate guests. Please help us keep SizeCon clean and considerate, by putting all your trash in garbage bins, and by keeping noise levels down outside of the convention rooms, including in hotel room parties during and after SizeCon.
In general, SizeCon has a non-sexual atmosphere, with special areas and attractions labeled for containing or allowing adult content. Sexual discussion is welcome and encouraged, but please be considerate: attendees will have a visible flag on their badge which notes the attendee’s comfort level with sexual discussion. For many, size is a fetish. At SizeCon, we celebrate that fetish but want to keep the comfort of the size fascinated in general in mind as well.