Last Modified: Jan 17, 2017
While Setsucon may be a winter convention, our staff try to make Blair County Convention Center as warm and inviting as possible. The following policies are in place to help ensure that all congoers have fun at Setsucon. Please read and understand these policies. If any of them are unclear, contact us and we'll be happy to clarify them.
Possible sanctions for not following the set forth policies include, but are not limited to: verbal warning, removal from event, removal from the convention center, revocation of convention badge, and if necessary the police may get involved. Please do not make us go any further than a quick verbal warning.
Badges must be in plain sight at all times.
ANYTHING illegal outside Blair County Convention Center is illegal inside Blair County Convention Center. All Federal, State, and Local laws apply and supersede any policies we have in place.
Setsucon is not liable for any injuries, should they occur.
Remember, we are sharing Blair County Convention Center with other hotel guests. Please be courteous to them.
Registrations are nonrefundable and nontransferable. If you have any questions, please contact us prior to the convention or see the Registration Desk at the convention.
Setsucon is a family friendly convention (PG-13). We ask that our attendees act accordingly. The following actions are considered disruptive behaviors:
- Blocking hallways, doors, and exits
- Running down the hallways
- Excessive noise and yelling
- PDA (Public Display of Affection) should be kept to a minimum
- Glomping, hugging, touching, or harassment of anyone without their consent
- Selling of anything, with the exception of artists and vendors in their respective areas
- Fighting, both real and mock
Setsucon reserves the right to ask an attendee to change clothes if they are inappropriately dressed.
Animals are prohibited unless they are necessary for medical reasons.
Use common sense. If you are invading someone's space or violating their rights, there's a good chance you shouldn't be doing it. The above list is not all inclusive; if a Setsucon staffer or Blair County Convention Center staffer asks a reasonable request of you, please follow their request.
Please be aware that there's a really good chance that you will be waiting in a line of epic proportions at some point in time. Make sure to be respectful of the people around you. Anyone caught cutting in line will be sent to the back of the line. Also, please do not block the areas surrounding doorways when waiting in line. Lining up for events will be permitted not more than 15 minutes prior to the start of any event, or at the discretion of Setsucon staff. Setsucon staff reserves the right to disband any lines formed before this time period.
A friendly reminder, Setsucon and Blair County Convention Center are not responsible for lost or stolen items. If you do lose an item or suspect it has been stolen, please report to the Lost & Found. The Lost & Found is located in the Convention Operations room. If your item is in the Lost & Found, be prepared to describe it in detail in order to get it back.
- If an attendee is caught stealing, they will immediately be turned over to the proper authorities.
- If you find an item that doesn't belong to you, please turn it in to the Lost & Found.
Feel free to take as many pictures as you'd like out in the hallways! Please do not block the hallways or hold up traffic to take pictures. Try to step off to the side and out of the way of the traffic. Cameras will not be allowed in any event where they will cause a distraction. This includes, but is not limited to panels and viewings. Proper procedure for taking a picture of a cosplayer/attendee is to ask for permission first and then find a suitable spot to take the picture. If the person declines the request, please respect their decision.
Photography is NOT permitted in the Artist Alley.
Weapons are NOT permitted inside Blair County Convention Center. To reiterate: if it's illegal outside Blair County Convention Center, it's still illegal inside.
- NO LIVE STEEL. Metal or metal containing weapons of any sort are not allowed on the premises.
- NO GUNS. Period. Of any kind. This even includes airsoft guns with orange tips.
- No explosives or chemicals.
Blair County Convention Center does not allow weapons and Setsucon does not allow weapons. It's as simple as that. Any person found with a weapon will be asked to remove it from the convention area and may be escorted out. Failure to do so will result in confiscation of the weapon and your badge.
Prop/Fake Weapon Policy
All props must be checked in at the Information Desk and approved. Any prop that resembles a gun must have a painted orange tip and must have no moving or internal parts. Misuse of props that endangers other attendees will not be tolerated. Full face masks must be easily removable and we ask that it be removed after leaving the convention area.
Prop/fake weapons are acceptable as long as they are:
- Made of wood, plastic, foam, or similar material
- Less than 7ft in any direction and less than 50lbs
- Have been checked in and has received the approval marking
- Have no sharp edges
- Do not have chains longer than 18in
Setsucon reserves the right to deem any prop unsuitable for the convention space.
Setsu Odori (Dance) Policy
Dance your heart out! To help ensure everyone has a good time, please be aware of the following rules:
- Be mindful of people around you while dancing.
- A badge must be displayed at all times.
- Props are not allowed into the Odori.
- No swinging objects (glow sticks, glowing swords, etc.).
- No excessive public displays of affection.
- No fighting.
- No bottles or containers of any kind are allowed into the Odori.
- If you are under the influence, you will be asked to leave.
- No bags are permitted within the dance room.
- Setsucon staff will not hold, watch, or in any way assume responsibility for any items left near the Odori.
Signs that are an integral part of a cosplay are acceptable. Any other sign is not allowed. This includes signs written on any medium such as: paper, cardboard, handwritten onto T-shirts, etc. Signs that could be considered solicitation are not allowed. For example, a sign reading "FREE HUGS" is not allowed. Signs with anything inappropriate on them will be confiscated.
Guest and Autograph Policies
Setsucon cannot guarantee that you will be able to get an autograph from the guests. There is a time limit on autograph sessions that we will be strictly adhering to. We want to ensure that as many people as possible are able to interact with the guests, so please keep the lines moving. We recommend writing down anything that you wish to say to the guests in case you forget.
Guests will be happy to autograph your Setsucon Programming Booklet, as well as any officially licensed merchandise. Guests reserve the right to refuse to sign anything that may be counterfeit. Signing of personal items is at the discretion of the guest. There is a limit of 2 autographs per person and there will be no flash photography at the autograph sessions unless otherwise noted.
Guests may accept small gifts that they can stash in their luggage. We ask that all gifts are not wrapped because we will need to check them before giving them to the guest. Guests will not accept any food. Please do not visit the guest's private quarters.
Setsucon reserves the right to make changes to the Guest and Autograph Policies as the circumstances or guests dictate.
Minors at Setsucon
Setsucon welcomes attendees of all ages. A parent or guardian must accompany a child under the age of 18 at all times. Setsucon is not a child sitting service. We recommend that all children carry some form of identification along with contact information of their parent or guardian. In the case that a child becomes lost, this makes it less stressful for everyone. Blair County Convention Center does not have a PA system. Please also see the section below on Parental Consent.
All attendees younger than 18 years of age as of January 27, 2018 must have a parent, legal guardian, or a designated chaperone registered for the convention (with a badge). This means that either a parent, legal guardian, or a chaperone has a badge.
All attendees younger than 18 years of age as of January 27, 2018 must have a signed and completed Parental Consent form on file with Setsucon. For pre-registered attendees, please mail a completed Parental Consent form with the pre-registration form.
If an attendee younger than 18 years of age as of January 27, 2018 has a parent or legal guardian who can NOT attend with them, the minor attendee also must have a signed Consent for Chaperone to Accompany Minor form on file with Setsucon.
All paperwork must be correct and in the mail by the December 2, 2016 postmark deadline to get the pre-registration rate.
If you are registering at the convention, please bring a signed, completed Parental Consent form, and a signed, completed Consent for Chaperone to Accompany Minor form (if the second form applies) with you to the Registration Desk. Minors without a completed Parental Consent form on file can not be admitted to Setsucon.
Setsucon has a few 18+ events late at night. Attendees who wish to attend one of these must have their ID ready to be presented at the door to the event. Rooms will be cleared out prior to the event. There is absolutely no admittance into an 18+ event without a proper ID.
Photographs and Promotions
Attendees of Setsucon are granting permission to be photographed or recorded by authorized Setsucon staffers. By purchasing your registration, you are inherently granting Setsucon the permission to use such photos or recordings for promotional or chronicling purposes.
The policies are subject to periodic review by Setsucon's Executive Board and may change without prior notice. A copy of the current policies in effect for the convention will be posted at the registration and information desks.