Code of Conduct


Please be reminded that these rules involve, of course, “worst-case” scenarios and are put into place to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. They are also not all-inclusive; in all cases, the singular rule that supersedes all others is, “Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects Detcon1’s relationship with its guests, its venue, or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in revocation of membership privileges.”

We anticipate no difficulties, as our members as a whole are rational and responsible adults. Detcon1 is prepared to deal with any or all of the following scenarios in as rapid and efficient a manner as possible should they occur. We thank our members for their assistance in making this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Have fun—just please remember to be courteous of those around you while doing so!


The primary purpose of the convention is for our attendees to have fun. To ensure that the greatest number of people achieve this objective we have established certain rules of conduct. By them we seek only to ensure that the behavior of any one small group does not disturb the membership as a whole, nor does it detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the convention. Detcon1 welcomes all parties with an interest in Science Fiction and/or Fantasy; however, the convention’s management reserves the right to deny or revoke the membership of any individual at any time for any reason. Detcon1 also reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice and reserves the sole right of interpretation. If you have any questions, please contact the Convention Operations staff for assistance. Ops is located in the Champlain Room across from the Ontario Exhibit Hall or by phone at (651) 560-0338.

As a condition of membership, all Detcon1 attendees are required to abide by these standards of conduct for the entire duration of their stay, even prior to Opening or after Closing Ceremonies.


Detcon1 is committed to being a safe place that is as free from harassment as we can make it for members. Harassment in any form is not tolerated. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwelcoming photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and continued unwelcome attention. Members who are asked to stop harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If you are being harassed by another member, or notice someone being harassed, please inform a convention staff person immediately. Detcon1 staff will work with the harassed person to handle the situation, and reserves the right to take any actions necessary to maintain Detcon1 as a safe space, up to and including, but not limited to, revoking the harasser’s membership.

Please report any incidents of harassment to Convention Operations immediately, either by going to Ops or calling (651) 560-0338).

General Rating of the Convention

All convention areas are considered to be “PG” at all times, with the exception of events or exhibits that are specifically noted to be inappropriate for minors and access to which is controlled by Detcon1 staff.

Attendees, when in public areas, may not wear clothing which is overly revealing or inappropriate to the atmosphere of the convention.

Tops, bottoms, and footwear must be worn when in areas of the hotel or convention center that are accessible to non-Detcon1 attendees, such as lobbies, restaurants, and concourses. Full-body costumes are excluded from the “tops/bottoms/footwear” rule, provided that the costume is not unacceptably revealing. Bare feet are not allowed in restaurants in the state of Michigan.

Public displays of affection beyond what is appropriate for polite company are frowned upon. You will be asked to express your devotion to your significant other either in less conspicuous ways, or in private.

Public Decorum

No items of any kind, including paper airplanes, may be thrown or dropped from the balconies, patios or walkways.

No water pistols, silly string, or any thrown or projectile-type toy may be used in any area of the hotel or Convention areas.

No sleeping in the lobby, the hallways, the meeting rooms, or the consuite. Get a room, please!

Detcon1 attendees are requested to abide by instructions given by Detcon1 staff. Failure to do so may result in loss of membership privileges. Any disputes or concerns may be addressed onsite at Convention Operations.

Detcon1 functions are open only to members, and all attendees should wear their membership badges at all times. A badge is valid only for the person to whom it was issued; badges may not be shared under any circumstances.

Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted in any area within the Marriott (including the guest rooms) or the Renaissance Center. Smokers are asked to use designated smoking areas, and to comply with any other smoking rules of the facility.

Weapons Policy

No actual weapons or any item that can be easily mistaken for one may be carried insecurely at any time on Marriott or Renaissance Center property.

Detcon1 recognizes that individuals may possess legal government issued permits to carry concealed weapons, but our preference is for you to refrain from carrying such weapons in convention spaces for the peace of mind of your fellow convention attendees. Please leave such items in your hotel safe. Personal pocket knives with single-edged blades less than 4 inches long are permitted.

Realistic weapon replicas are permitted as part of a costume only during costume events such as the Masquerade and must be appropriately peace-bonded; see Convention Operations for instruction on how to do so. They must be cased or otherwise secured when being carried outside of costume. Weapons purchased in the Dealer’s Room must be securely wrapped up at point of sale and immediately transported to your room.

Pet Policy

Detcon1 does not allow pets. This is for the protection of the pet, the pet owner, and our attendees as a whole. Service animals are permitted in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Parties and Similar Gatherings in Hotel Rooms

Parties that are open to the general public may only be held on the official Detcon1 party floors. The rules below include both public and private gatherings.

Hotel guests who host any gathering are responsible for cleaning up afterward. Excessive amounts of unbagged trash must not be left for housekeeping staff to clean up. Please consider providing your own trash bags; do not rely on the hotel’s ability or willingness to provide them.

Please tip the hotel cleaning staff in general but especially if you have held a gathering in your room and created a larger than normal mess. (Normal tip is $5/day, and at least $20/party.)

Anyone knowingly or unknowingly providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 will be guilty of a felony and may be turned over to the authorities. The State of Michigan is extremely serious about this law and we ask our members to respect it.

Gatherings in hotel rooms that are not on the designated party floors must not generate any noise that can be heard in neighboring rooms during night time hours. At other times of day, please keep the general noise levels of your gatherings down so that they cannot be heard more than two doorways down the hall. Please remind those attending gatherings in your room not to congregate in the hotel corridors.

Other Hotel Matters

Do not affix anything to the walls of any hotel or Renaissance Center, to the elevators, to Detcon1 signage, or to hotel room doors. Sign kiosks will be provided.

The person in whose name a room is rented is solely responsible for the conduct of all individuals in the room as well as for the condition of the room. Excessive trash, soiling, or other damage to hotel property, or any circumstance that may present a hazard to hotel housekeeping staff may result in permanent loss of Detcon1 membership privileges.

Any act of vandalism, deliberate or excessive damage to hotel property, or interference with any hotel or Renaissance Center worker in the performance of his or her duties will result in revocation of Detcon1 membership, criminal prosecution, fines, or any combination thereof.

Sales of Merchandise

The offering for sale of any merchandise at the convention may be undertaken only in appropriate areas of the Convention. It is illegal to sell any other merchandise or services in any other areas, including the Detcon1 consuite.

Substance Abuse

The sale or other distribution of any illegal or controlled substances is not welcome at Detcon1. Any individual found to be distributing such substances will be removed and reported directly to the local authorities.

Privacy, Photographs, and Recording Electronic Information

Detcon1 members should be aware that photography and video and/or audio recordings may be made at Detcon1 and that their likenesses may appear in those recordings. Attendees and members agree to assign without compensation the use of their likeness for the use of promotional/archival material.

Personal Photography / Recordings:

Please be polite and ask before taking photographs or recordings of other members whenever possible. Video and audio recording and photography for personal archival use only is generally acceptable, unless individuals make it clear that they do not wish to be photographed or recorded, in which case any photography or recording of them is expressly forbidden.

Media Relations:

Detcon1 welcomes members of the press. All journalists, media photographers, and any other members of the press are required to display an official Detcon1 Press Badge or be accompanied by a Detcon1 staff member at all times Members of the press who have not been issued a Press Badge may not conduct interviews or take photographs, audio or video footage without an escort.

Final Notes

Please remember that your con badge is the property of Detcon1 and must be presented and/or surrendered to any staff member requesting it. If you have any problem with any action taken by a staff member you may take the matter up with the Head of Operations or to Detcon1’s Chair.