Convention Rules

All visitors to the Rochester Institute of Technology campus must obey all local, NY state, and federal laws. Attendees must also comply with RIT's rules and regulations, which can be reviewed at the following web addresses:

RIT Student Policy Library

RIT Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment

RIT Compliance Policy and Code of Ethical Conduct

Any behavior that disrupts the family-­friendly environment of the convention will be handled at the discretion of the Tora-­Con Staff and RIT Public Safety. Consequences may range from warnings to removal of from the convention. Any behavior that threatens the safety of another person will be handled by RIT Public Safety and may result in criminal charges being filed.

Tora-­Con Staff and Volunteers are not responsible for any lost or missing items. Attendees will be directed to the Lost and Found located at Campus Center Information Desk if items are reported missing. After the completion of the convention, all items held in lost and found will be handed over to RIT's lost and found.

Attendees are prohibited from selling material goods and wares at the convention. This includes but is not limited to any anime-related merchandise, food, and artwork.

Attendees are expected to respect and follow the Tora-Con Staff and Volunteers, RIT Public Safety, and uniformed officers.

Tora­-Con Staff and advisors will have final say on any rule violations. 

There will be no refunds for any registration. No exceptions.

No restricted substances, including cigarettes and alcohol, are allowed at Tora­-Con for the entirety of the convention.

Any form of ahegao clothing is strictly prohibited.

Electronic cigarettes are not permitted indoors on RIT campus.

Smoking is permitted in designated areas on RIT campus. Please respect your fellow attendees and use those areas.

Homemade food may not be sold or given away at the convention. Anyone found doing this will have the items confiscated and given a warning. This is to protect all convention attendees’ health and safety.

We recommend only purchasing food at fully licensed and inspected food vendors while in the convention areas. 

All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Tora-Con Staff and Volunteers cannot help locate any lost children, but can direct adults to RIT Public Safety and the RIT Information Desk for assistance.

Some panels and events may be age restricted to attendees over the age of 18 at the time of the convention. To gain entry to these panels and events, attendees must present a valid photo identification that clearly states the date of birth. Examples include, but are not limited to driver licenses and non-driver ID cards.

To gain entry into any event or room at Tora-Con, attendees are required to have their badges worn and easily visible. A Tora-Con Staff or Volunteer will be checking badges at the entrance to every room. If you do not have a badge for any reason, you will be directed to a location where you can obtain a replacement with proof of purchase.

Attendees will not be allowed into an event room until the scheduled time of the event.

No attendees will be allowed in a room once capacity has been reached. If an attendee needs to leave a room which is already full, they may not re-enter the room. All rooms will be cleared after each event. Attendees may not wait in a room after an event has ended.

There is no reserved or saved seating for attendees in any room at the convention. Seating may be designated for those with disabilities such as the hearing or visually impaired.

If your costume is large and may block the view for other attendees, please position yourself towards the sides or back of the room. Tora-Con Staff or Volunteers may direct you to a seat if the event will fill the entire room; please follow their directions.

Please clean up after yourself after you leave an event.

Attendees may not start lining up more than an hour before an event. Earlier lines will be broken up by Tora-Con Staff and Volunteers.

Tora-Con Staff and Volunteers will form lines an hour before a major event starts.

There is no sitting in walkways or on stairs.

If you leave a line, you must re-enter at the back of the line. Go to the bathroom and eat food BEFORE you line up.

You may not save a spot for a friend or group. Violators will be sent to the end of the line. No exceptions.

Lines are single-file only. No large groups may stand together in line. Lines will be in hallways, which must stay clear for your safety in the event of an emergency.

In case of a full event, Tora-Con Staff and Volunteers may direct you to a simulcast room.

Tora-Con Staff reserve the right to make on-site adjustments to lines and events as situations arise that affect attendee safety and traffic flow.

Reserved seating in events may be available for those with disabilities such as deaf or hard-of-hearing. A Tora-Con Staff or Volunteer will help direct you to the reserved seating.

Wheelchair access and elevator locations can be found on the campus map or any map in the campus buildings.

Service animals (as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act) are welcome on RIT campus. Please refer to RIT's policies regarding service animals at https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/c130.

Attendees may receive one autograph from each guest per signing session.

Attendees may have up to one photo taken with each guest per signing session, if allowed.

Only officially licensed products and Tora-Con Conbooks and badges are approved items for any autograph session.

  • Body parts, clothing that is currently being worn, and items of a lewd nature are prohibited.

When it is your turn at the signing session, get your item signed, take your photo (if allowed), and move on. There is to be no loitering around the guests during signing sessions. If you have questions, please save them for the guest panels.

Tora-Con Staff reserve the right to make changes to the rules at any time as situations arise.

All Tora-Con attendees grant permission to be photographed or recorded by Tora-Con Staff for promotional purposes.

Attendees may photograph or video record events at Tora-Con unless otherwise directed at specific events and panels. Signs prohibiting photography and/or recording will be posted at room entrances.

All photography and video recording is prohibited during showings.

It is courteous to obtain permission before taking photos or videos of other attendees. Respect your fellow attendees and ask before you photograph or record others.

Tora-Con does not allow harassment of any kind including but not limited to:

  • Verbal harassment such as name calling, jeering, threats or insults
  • Physical harassment such as hitting or throwing objects at another person
  • Sexual harassment such as touching, invasively photographing, or making unwelcome sexual advances toward another person without their permission.

 
Violations will result in RIT Public Safety being called and criminal charges may be filed.