Code of Conduct
Decepta Con and other Werewolf ATL Events are a safe space where everyone is welcome and may express themselves freely. Even so, certain kinds of offensive or harassing behavior will not be tolerated. We have taken steps to make it easy to report instances of such behavior. It’s very important that if you are being harassed or endangered, you report it immediately. We cannot address anything that we aren’t made aware of and need whatever detail can be provided, such as names, badge numbers, or other descriptive information. As a member, if you see someone harassed or taking inappropriate photos (where the target of the photo is unaware), we encourage you to speak up and say something. Look out for one another and ensure we are all treated with respect.
If you feel you’ve been harassed, please find the nearest volunteer. They will direct you to security. If, at any time, you feel that your safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact Emergency Services via 911.
Werewolf ATL reserves the right to revoke passes without refund or compensation (Rule 16). If an individual breaks the code of conduct, they may be barred. Either for several hours, for the rest of the event, or for longer as determined by the Board of Directors. If an individual breaks the law (city, state, or federal) they will be arrested. If you have been punished for breaking a rule and feel that you’ve been treated unfairly you may appeal that ruling with the Werewolf ATL Board of Directors, but that decision will be final. Werewolf ATL reserves the right to update the Code of Conduct, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, at any time as needed.
The following are the rules of the social club:
- We reserve the right to ask you to leave the Convention, or any Werewolf ATL official event, and refuse to refund your membership money if you are behaving – in technical terms – like a jerk. Harassment of any kind, including physically or verbally threatening, annoying, unwelcoming attentions, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of physical force; which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, as well as any boisterous, lewd, or generally offensive behavior or language, using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct, or profanity, obscene gestures or racial, religious or ethnic slurs, homophobic or transphobic comments will be considered harassment. If people tell you “NO,” your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the premises and your membership revoked. We have more to say about Harassment below.
- You must wear your membership badges at all times to be admitted to any ticketed event.
- Possession of an alcoholic beverage in the gaming rooms not bought on event grounds is not permitted.
- Possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under 21 years of age is grounds for expulsion from the convention without a refund. It’s, like, the law, eh?
- Please keep all behavior that polite fans would find offensive in public away from any social event.
- Werewolf ATL is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property during the event.
- Werewolf ATL is not responsible for injuries sustained during the course of the event.
- All activities at any Werewolf ATL event are subject to change, however, every effort will be made to notify guests of these changes.
- All Werewolf ATL events have a NO WEAPONS policy that will be enforced:
- All weapons that are part of cosplay must be non-functioning, possession of real gun, even not functional, is not allowed.
- All fake guns must be unable to shoot projectiles of any kind including water, silly string, or ping-pong balls.
- Bladed weapons must not be made of metal regardless of function or piece bonding. Leave all blades in your vehicle or at home.
- Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated and rule 16 enforced.
- Real firearms are not allowed on the premises. This includes attendees who maintain a Weapons Carry License or similar permit from another state.
- Event security and local law enforcement will treat anything that looks like a real weapon accordingly.
- Attendees who choose to ignore this policy will be asked to leave and have their badge revoked.
- Violators can also be arrested. Werewolf ATL will not post bail.
- Sworn Law Enforcement are excused from the NO WEAPONS policy.
- No smoking, vaping, eating, or drinking is allowed in the main areas, unless otherwise displayed.
- No abusing the event facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, putting signs on walls, moving hotel or business furniture, or leaving messes. Public locations for notices are provided.
- You will have to pay for any and all damage you cause to Hotel, Convention, or Event property. And if you cause damage to a Hotel, Convention, or Event property, or maybe even other community members’ property, you may lose your event badge and be subject to rule 16.
- Do not hand out flyers/cards in our space. Flyers/cards on an open table will be cleared to a trash receptacle. If you’re handing out material in an unauthorized event area, you will be asked to stop. Repeat violations invoke rule 16.
- Remember that NO COSTUME IS NOT A COSTUME and there are public nudity laws. Please wear appropriate clothing if you are cosplaying. This is a family friendly event.
- No selling of goods and services without permission from event administration.
- Werewolf ATL reserves the right to ask you to leave the event and refuse to refund your event cost if you break any of these rules. If you break a rule, you may be barred from any and all Werewolf ATL events, including but not limited to Second Saturday and Decepta Con, either for several hours (to sober up, perhaps) for the rest of the event, or for an extended period of time. If you break the law – city, state, or federal – you may be arrested. If you have been accused of harassment and feel you were treated unfairly you may appeal to the Board of Directors, but that decision will be final.
Rules specific to the event’s venue will be enforced as well. Modification of the rules will occur as needed.
What this all boils down to is simple: be polite, be nice, don’t be a jerk, and you will have a great time!
We are still dealing with pandemic from COVID-19 and its variants. You agree to abide by any event COVID-19 protocols, which may change, even if you disagree with these protocols. You understand that the event will have large numbers of people who will be indoors, and very near each other, and you. You will risk contracting COVID-19 or a variant while you travel to or from the event, and throughout the event. Under Georgia law, Werewolf ATL, Inc. and its personnel are not liable to you or anyone else for an illness, injury, or death that may occur, wholly or even in part, from COVID-19 or a variant. You assume the risk of any illness, injury, or death from contracting COVID-19 or a variant during the event, including traveling to or from the event, entering any of the venues, or participating in event activities.
More Specifics on Harrassment
If you want more information about Werewolf ALT’s policy on harassment, or what to do if you think you have been subject to harassment, please continue.
We pride Werewolf ATL events, including but not limited to Second Saturday and Decepta Con, on being a safe place, where everybody is welcome and anybody can be whomever they desire. Even so, certain kinds of offensive or harassing behavior are not tolerated. It is very important that if you are being harassed or are in any way endangered, you report it immediately. We cannot address anything that we are not made aware of and we need whatever detail can be provided, such as names, badge numbers, or other descriptive information.
If you feel you have been harassed please find the nearest Werewolf ATL/Decepta Con volunteer. You can find someone at the information or registration desk or ask your moderators to point you in the right direction. They will remove you from the situation and ensure your safety. If, at any time, you feel that your personal safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact the Atlanta Police Department in an emergency via 911. The Atlanta Police Department non-emergency phone number for Zone 6 is 404-546-5700.
As a community member, if you see someone harassed or taking inappropriate photos (where the target of the photo is unaware), we encourage you to speak up and say something. As a community, we need to come together, look out for one another, and make sure everyone is treated with respect.