Convention Rules

All visitors to RIT Campus where Tora-Con 2022 will be held, must comply with all Health and Safety rules as set by RIT’s Safety and other policies, procedures, and guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of all individuals on the RIT campus.

Policies may change. If needed, our policies regarding COVID-19 may change per RIT's policies. Be sure to check back frequently. Provided is the link to RIT's COVID-19 response policies: https://www.rit.edu/ready/rit-safety-plan

All attendees 5 years of age and older (including RIT faculty, staff, students, and their families) must provide proof of vaccination. The full guidelines are included in the RIT Safety Plan. Proof of vaccination and photo ID will be checked at badge pick up or day of event.

To better protect the RIT community, large-scale indoor public events will have additional safety requirements (https://www.rit.edu/ready/event-safety-guidelines). Large-scale indoor public events are defined as any events that have the potential to host 400 people or more in one venue at one time and when non-RIT community members (local community, parents, alumni, athletics fans, etc.) are expected to be in attendance (event is marketed to the public).

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 restricted to attendees age 18 and over. To gain entry to these panels and events, attendees must present a valid photo identification that clearly states the date of birth. Ex: Drivers license, birth certificate...

 

To gain entry into any event or room at Tora-Con, attendees are required to have their badges worn and easily visible. Tora-Con Staff or Volunteers will be checking badges at the entrance to every room.

If you have lost your badge, you will be directed to a location where you can obtain a proper replacement under the discretion of the revenue director. 

All attendees, artist ally, and vendors must obtain a vaccine check wristband, post vaccine check. Minors will receive a red wrist band and adults will receive a purple wristband.

If vaccine wristband is to come off at any point before or during the convention, entry will not be allowed until a new one is obtained. 

If you are seen without a wristband at anytime, you risk termination of badge privileges.

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 in designated spaces an hour before a major event starts.

There is no sitting or standing in walkways, aisles, 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 may be in hallways, which must stay clear in the event of an emergency.

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.

Attendees will not be allowed into an event or panel 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.

Attendees may not reserve or save seats in any room at the convention.

Staff and volunteers will do their best to accommodate any attendees with accessibility needs. Designated seating may be available for those with disabilities such as the deaf or hard of hearing.

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 an event is expected to fill the entire room; please follow their directions.

Please clean up after yourselves when you leave an event.

Reserved seating in events may be available for those with disabilities such as the deaf or hard of hearing. Please ask at the event.

Some events may have interpretation services available. These services must be requested in advance.

Service animals (as defined by the ADA) are welcome on RIT campus. Please refer to RIT’s policies regarding service animals at https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/c130.

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

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

Please avoid using flash photography during events.

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, invasive photographing, or making unwelcome sexual advances toward another person

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

Attendees must also adhere to RIT’s Sexual Misconduct and Harrassment Policies. See link below for more information.

Attendees may receive up to one free autograph from Emi Lo and two free autographs from Corina Boettger. 

  • Corina Boettger will not be signing Funko Pop figures for free.

Attendees may purchase an unlimited number of autographs from either guest. However, after receiving up to 5 autographs, an attendee must go back to the end of the line.

Only officially licensed products pertaining to the guest and Tora-Con products 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, get your item(s) signed 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 reserves the right to make changes to the rules at any time as Tora-Con Staff sees fit.