This policy replaces the July 29, 2017, Official Ohayocon Facebook Group Policies.

Statement of Values

Ohayocon is committed to diversity & inclusivity, participant safety, community building, spam limitation, and providing all-ages settings for creative expression. All users have the right to respectful, impartial treatment from all participants, including moderators and Ohayocon staff and volunteers. Participants in Ohayocon’s online groups will have a reasonable opportunity to provide feedback on rule changes, additions and deletions. We intend to moderate our social media platforms with a reasonable mix of active and by-report moderation, striving to meet evolving expectations of the community we serve.

General Rules

The General Rules apply to all Ohayocon-affiliated online communities.

  1. All members of the public are welcome to participate regardless of whether they are or have been badgeholders. (Correlated values: diversity & inclusivity, community building)
  2. Harassment is not tolerated. Ohayocon’s general harassment policy is incorporated here and includes prohibitions on racist, sexist or otherwise disparaging or discriminatory expression. (Correlated values: diversity & inclusivity, participant safety, community building)
  3. Content depicting violence, sexuality, physically dangerous activity, illegal (in Ohio) drug use, or excessive drunkenness is not permitted. The moderators reserve the right to make specific exceptions on a case-by-case basis regarding recent events of great public importance. (Correlated values: participant safety, providing all-ages settings for creative expression)
  4. Exposing anyone’s private information (doxxing) is grounds for permanent access suspension (bans). (Correlated value: participant safety)
  5. Only specifically authorized businesses and organizations may post promotional material or solicitations for business. Ohayocon authorizes fully paid, current-year (March to March) Dealers Room and Artist Alley exhibitors to post occasional promotional material and solicitations. Without authorization, no one may write or display prices for products, services, admission or any other items. Ohayocon may offer separate media channels specifically for promotions and solicitations where otherwise prohibited material may be allowed. This rule is not meant to prevent members unaffiliated with a business from occasional, on-topic mentioning of specific things that have a cost (for example, a product used to address a specific circumstance being discussed). (Correlated value: spam limitation)
  6. Crowdfunding and other fundraising campaign promotions and solicitations are prohibited. The moderators reserve the right to make specific exceptions on a case-by-case basis regarding recent events of great public importance. (Correlated value: spam limitation)
  7. Ohayocon may take action against those who break any of these rules, including but not limited to warnings, post or comment deletions, and temporary or permanent access suspensions. (Correlated value: participant safety)
  8. Circumventing or defeating a moderation action by any means is grounds for banning. (Correlated values: participant safety, community building)

Additional Facebook-specific Rules

  1. Facebook’s Community Guidelines and Terms of Service take precedence in conflicts with Ohayocon’s rules.
  2. Nonmembers who wish to access the Official Ohayocon Facebook Group must answer screening questions affirming they have read and understand the rules and they are not joining with the intent of promoting or soliciting business in violation of the General Rules. (Correlated values: participant safety, spam limitation)

Additional Discord-specific Rules

  1. Discord’s Terms of Service take precedence in conflicts with Ohayocon’s rules.
  2. Members should strive to use the most relevant channels for the topics of their conversations. The moderators reserve the right to require members to move conversations to more appropriate channels. (Correlated value: spam limitation)
  3. Some channels may be designated for the purpose of direct communication between Ohayocon staff and customers. Ohayocon may restrict responses from non-staff in such channels.

We look forward to hosting you at Ohayocon. Agreement to this policy is included in your agreement to all convention policies when you register, and is pursuant to the COVID-19 Terms and Liability Waiver on the registration form.

Like all of our policies, this is subject to change. If the CDC or another appropriate authority announces guidance related to COVID-19, we may amend this policy to accommodate such guidance. We will do our best to leverage our media platforms to communicate changes.

This policy applies to everyone present at Ohayocon, including but not limited to attendees, exhibitors, guests, volunteers, staff, and contractors.


We recommend, but do not require, that everyone present at Ohayocon wears an appropriate mask to prevent the spread of airborne illnesses such as COVID-19. We strongly recommend that everyone who is able obtains full vaccination against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to attending.

Becoming symptomatic during Ohayocon

If you become symptomatic at any time during Ohayocon, isolate yourself from others. If possible, we recommend returning home to self-isolate and seek medical care.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea


Where to get vaccinated

You can find a vaccine provider via

General information about COVID-19 vaccines

You can find information about vaccines on the CDC website.

How to contact us

If you have questions about our policy, we invite you to use our contact page to send us a message.

Ohayocon does not tolerate assault or harassment in any form. This policy applies to everyone present at Ohayocon, including but not limited to attendees, exhibitors, guests, volunteers, staff, and contractors. This policy applies in person at the convention as well as on Ohayocon social media and official Ohayocon online groups.


Harassment is generally defined as unwanted behavior that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment for the person being targeted. It can be physical or psychological. If someone tells you that your comments or behavior are unwelcome, you must stop immediately. If that person tells you to leave them alone, you must cease contact. It doesn’t matter whether you think your behavior was harassing: harassment is defined by the victim and you must respect their boundaries.

Types of Harassment

  1. making comments about a person’s appearance, sexual or vulgar statements, offensive jokes, or anything disparaging a person’s gender, race, religion, sexuality, identity, disability, etc.;
  2. bullying and discrimination;
  3. whistling, catcalling, and any kind of non-consensual flirting or sexual advances;
  4. following someone or impeding their path;
  5. attending a person’s panels to heckle them;
  6. photographing or recording someone after being asked to stop;
  7. exposing oneself, including through electronic and/or private messages;
  8. miming sexual acts;
  9. bathroom policing, the practice of chastising or otherwise drawing attention to someone because of the bathroom they feel most comfortable using;
  10. touching someone without their permission;
  11. repeated texting, phone calls, or emails, after being told to stop;
  12. public display of explicit or adult content, including but not limited to ahegao, sexualization of minors and nudity;
    1. Items purchased in the Exhibit Hall must be wrapped up and not out where other attendees can view the materials.
  13. any persistent action that creates a hostile environment for the person or persons being targeted.

If a person is in cosplay, that does not give you consent to photograph or touch them without their permission. There is a real person underneath the costume and makeup. If you are in cosplay as a character that might harass others, that does not give you a pass to harass real people even if you are “in character.”

Explicit Behavior

Costumes must cover any area usually hidden by a bathing suit. Please see our costume policy ( for more details about what is appropriate for public wear. Flashing or mooning other people is considered harassment and will not be tolerated. Please be aware that businesses and other venues in the area may have stricter dress codes (e.g. shirts required before entry).


Please report any incidents of harassment as soon as possible. We take all reports very seriously, regardless of who is involved. You can report harassment even if you are not directly involved, and we do not tolerate retaliation for filing a report.

You can report harassment by any individual to our Convention Operations office. Please try to report the incident to Convention Operations as soon after the incident as possible and provide a description, name, or photograph of the person. The sooner our team has as much information as possible, the sooner we are able to act. You may also report incidents by sending email to


Any violations of our harassment policy will result in immediate penalties. Such penalties include, but are not limited to:

  • a verbal warning;
  • confiscation of your badge and ejection from Ohayocon, without refund;
  • contacting law enforcement when appropriate.

Questions & Concerns

We welcome your questions and constructive criticism. If you would like to speak with us about this policy, please email or complete the contact form at

We appreciate your cooperation and wish you an excellent weekend at Ohayocon and online experience throughout the year.

Cosplay is NOT consent. If you wish to take a photo of or with someone who is in cosplay, please ask the cosplayer for permission first and be respectful of personal boundaries when working out the photo ops. Just because they are dressed up as a particular character does not mean that they are required to act in any manner that is uncomfortable to them.

Be mindful of the space. Do not block hallways or public areas while taking photos. If you are taking a photo, please move to one side of the hallway against a wall, or move to another area. Photography and video recording are not permitted in the Room of Relaxation, video rooms, Dealers Room or Artist Alley. Additionally, if an Ohayocon volunteer acting in good faith requests that you move to a nearby location, please respect that decision.

Please feel free to take commemorative photos for your own enjoyment. You are free to share your pictures in the manner of your choosing, but you are on your own regarding the appearances of individuals in your photos. (That is, we are not giving you permission to share photos of anyone in particular, and if there is a dispute with someone wanting you to remove a picture with them, that’s between you and them.)

We do not permit you to sell photographs, raw or edited, at or during Ohayocon. You risk forfeiting your admission if you do so. After the convention and off-premises, we do not care as long as you are not using our branding or image and you are not telling people that your photos are “official” or that you work(ed) for Ohayocon. (You are permitted to make appointments for photoshoots as a paid service as long as the payment is done off-premises and not during Ohayocon.)

We prohibit you from setting up photo booths unless you have an agreement with us in advance, and we will likely refer you to our Dealers Room staff so you can negotiate purchasing vendor space. At-con photography is generally not considered for Artist Alley. If you have any questions about our policy, please send us an email.

Set Up & Clear Down

To keep things on schedule, Shoot Captains should arrive at their designated photoshoot locations 5 minutes PRIOR to the shoot to plan and organize any photographers and participants in the photoshoot as they show up. This is so that the shoot can begin promptly at the scheduled start time.

Shoot Captains should remain aware of how much time is left in their shoot and start wrapping up at 5 minutes until the end of the shoot.

Ultimately, Shoot Captains are responsible for the state of the photoshoot area and it is expected that the location be left as it was found. It is encouraged that all participants assist in the cleanup of their photoshoot location as to make the process go faster.

Scheduled Shoot Priority

In the event that a photoshoot location has down time between scheduled shoots, attendees are free to utilize these areas for random photo ops. However, remember to be respectful of any scheduled shoots. Once it is time for a scheduled shoot to begin, that group has priority to use that location and it is expected that anyone not participating in the theme of that shoot is to leave the area. Failure to comply will result in the Ohayocon public safety department removing you from the area.

A link containing the Times and Locations will be available on the Ohayocon Website and Official Ohayocon Photoshoots group on Facebook.

Be Courteous and Respectful

Please observe the Personal Interaction Policy, as well as all other policies, outlined in the Cosplay Rules.

If you are attending a photoshoot, please be courteous to other participants and photographers; do not block shots, do not touch items or equipment that does not belong to you, do not be loud and/or obnoxious to anyone.

Please be respectful to your Shoot Captains and follow their direction throughout the photoshoot. They have volunteered their time to organize this shoot and everyone wants it to go as smoothly as possible without disruption.

If you disagree with the way the shoot is being run or do not feel comfortable with the set up for a particular photo op, excuse yourself from any part of the photoshoot.

Feel free to bring any and all feedback to the Cosplay Feedback Panel on Sunday or fill out our feedback form post con.