Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects the convention’s relationship with its guests, its venues or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in permanent suspension of membership.


Harassment is generally any behavior that causes discomfort or alarms or threatens another person or group. Here are some examples of harassment:

  • Offensive verbal comments about:
    • Race
    • Color
    • Religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices)
    • Sex/gender (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/ or related medical conditions)
    • Gender identity, gender expression
    • Sexual orientation
    • Marital status
    • Medical Condition
    • Military or veteran status
    • National origin
    • Ancestry
    • Disability (mental and physical including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and genetic characteristics)
    • Genetic information
    • Physical appearance or body size
  • Sustained disruption of classes, talks or other events
  • Leering, staring or suggestive gestures
  • Stalking or following someone around a public area without their consent
  • Repeated requests for dates or requests for sexual favors
  • Showing sexual images or carrying out sexual activities in public spaces
  • Epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, offensive jokes or offensive visual materials related to a protected characteristic
  • Any written, visual, or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion to an individual or group because of a protected characteristic
  • Photographing or recording someone when you have been asked not to
  • Uninvited physical contact, including touching, grabbing, patting, pinching, hugging, kissing
  • Threatening to physically attack someone
  • Sexual assault
  • Graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, or obscene letters, notes, or invitations
  • Harassing communications via letters, phone calls, e-mails, text messaging or social media
  • Prohibited harassment includes gender-based harassment of an individual of the same sex as the harasser
  • Not wearing your mask properly in places where you are required to do so.  Refusing to wear a mask while in spaces where you are required to do so.


In some cases, you may find the harassment stops if you clearly say ‘no’ or ‘please leave me alone’, or simply walk away. We would appreciate it if a Costume College Committee or CGW Board member was informed right away to help us identify any repeat offenders.

If you continue to be harassed, don’t hesitate to ask for the Dean or the President. We will mediate the situation, help you contact venue security or law enforcement, or otherwise assist you to feel safe during the conference.

Costume College will not retaliate against an individual for coming forward with a complaint of harassment.

What should I do if I see someone else being harassed?

Ask the person being harassed if they are okay. Offer to help them find an appropriate board or committee member to report the problem to or stay with them while someone else finds help. During the registration process on site, look for the photos of board and committee members, so you will know who can help in case such a need arises.

What can I do if someone accuses me of harassment?

Participants asked to stop harassing behavior must comply immediately. If someone makes a complaint against you, listen, and be aware that your actions may not have come off as you intended them. If this has occurred, be prepared to apologize, sincerely and without qualifiers. Please understand that, in such a situation, the safety of guests is the highest priority.

These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.