Code Of Conduct


During the convention an Information Services kiosk booths and SAFE SPACE booths will be located at the event for questions, concerns or inquires. Check your Event Map or program guide for location.

If you need immediate assistance, please don’t hesitate to approach anyone on the Event staff or contact us online.

The SPJA reserves the right to modify and/or update any of these SPJA Policies at any time.

Violation of the SPJA Policies may result in the immediate loss of your event badge.  Serious violations are grounds for not allowing you to participate in future Events.


Following this simple Code of Conduct helps everyone have fun and be safer at the convention. Your own good judgment and courtesy toward others are key. Watch out for each other, take care of one another, help those who need help, and be careful. Don’t leave the event with strangers, make sure that your friends know if you are going home early, and call security if you see anything suspicious. Minors should not go to hotel rooms with adults. Play it clean, sober, and safe.

To participate in our event (which we will refer to as the “Event” here, whether it’s Anime Expo, Project Anime, or another one of our events), you must agree to comply with this Code of Conduct in order to attend or participate.

Please wear your Event badge at all times during the Event. Please be prepared to show proof of age and identification when entering the Event or any program at the Event. We will only accept the following forms of identification: government-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards, passports, or military identification.  Where the Code of Conduct refers to “SPJA’s written consent”, such written consent may be in the form of a separate written exhibitor/ sponsorship agreement, vendor agreement, facility rental agreement, or other form of written agreement or permit.


The following, as such violations are determined in SPJA’s sole discretion, are not permitted at the Event or its surrounding areas, including the parking lots, hotels, plazas, and structures:

  • Failure to be appropriately clothed, the sole discretion of The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (“SPJA). Please follow local laws, rules, and regulations when selecting your costume.
  • Assaulting, threatening, or behaving inappropriately to another person, illegal discrimination, or making racial, religious, ethnic, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or other slurs.
  • Lewd or offensive behavior, such as profanity, obscene language or conduct, exposing nipples or genitals, making Recordings in bathrooms, bedrooms, or of nipples, genitals or up skirts.
  • Commercial or business transactions conducted without the SPJA’s prior written consent, such as without limitation, selling food or beverages from unauthorized carts, stands, or ice chests inside or outside Event venues or hotels; solicitation of money, contributions, or donations; distribution of commercial advertising or promotional material of any kind, such as signs, flyers, cards, or offers of discounts on rides, or other products or services; or offering samples of items which are sold, available for sale, or available in exchange for a donation or contribution.
  • Unlawful conduct or failure to comply with the policies, rules, or instructions of the SPJA, the Event staff, the Event facility, the hotel affiliated with the Event, or officers of the law.
  • Possessing any open can, bottle or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverages, except in areas specifically designated for the consumption of alcohol and in compliance with the Alcohol Policy.
  • Possessing any illegal substance. The SPJA DOES NOT tolerate illegal substances in or around the Event.
  • Smoking, other than in designated areas.

Violation of this Code of Conduct may result in forfeiture of your Event badge, your expulsion from the event and/or termination of your position with SPJA.


All signs, whether for a costume prop or not, are prohibited unless approved in writing for specific use by Event Staff.  Violation of this policy may result in forfeiture of your Event badge, your expulsion from the event and/or termination of your position with SPJA.


Recordings of You:  You are advised and given notice that many people and companies take photographs and make recordings at SPJA Events, and post them on social media and use them for many other lawful purposes, and SPJA permits that.  By attending the Event, You agree that you may be photographed or recorded during the Event (in still photographs, audio recordings, video recordings and any other media, now known or hereafter discovered, hereafter “Recordings”) by attendees, vendors, SPJA, and others without compensation.  By attending the Event, You grant to the SPJA the rights, but not the obligation, to reproduce, display, distribute, perform, create derivative works from, and otherwise use any SPJA Recordings of you in any media and in any manner throughout the world in perpetuity, including on the internet, broadcast, live simulcast, satellite and other transmissions.

Your Recordings of Others: You are generally allowed to make Recordings in all common areas of the Event, with the exception of the Art Show, backstage, and restricted areas. Specific rules and restrictions regarding Recordings apply to specific venues, concerts, and events, such as when a Guest of Honor prohibits photographs of their performance. If you are unsure, please check for signage, and if you do not see any, be respectful and do not make Recordings.

As a courtesy, and without changing this policy in any way, please obtain permission first to make Recordings of any individuals or costumes. If someone asks or otherwise indicates that they do not wish to be recorded, do not record them. The SPJA will make reasonable efforts to enforce this policy, but given the proliferation of recording devices and the ease with which Event attendees may conceal their recording devices, it is understood and agreed that the SPJA shall not be liable for violations.

Recordings of the Event or its employees, staff, or attendees for the purpose of sale to anyone, or for distribution or publication to the press is expressly forbidden unless advance written permission has been obtained from the SPJA, and is permitted under the policy of any venue in which you desire to make a Recording.  Except as prohibited above, individuals may make Recordings for private listening/viewing, provided that such Recordings clearly identify the Event, date, and location at which they were Recorded.

All bloggers and members of the press and staff are additionally required to conform to the SPJA’s Press Policy and we encourage attendees to become familiar with those rules.

Violation of this Recording Policy may result in forfeiture of your Event badge, your expulsion from the event and/or termination of your position with SPJA.


The SPJA is committed to providing a safe and family-friendly environment for everyone attending its events. SPJA expects its employees, staff, directors, and each of their guests or representatives, to follow all applicable laws and regulations and to refrain from consuming alcohol in the presence of minors, serving alcohol while at the event, or bringing outside alcoholic beverages onto the event premises.

SPJA does not serve alcohol.  SPJA’s employees, staff, directors, and all SPJA representatives, including interpreters and those assisting Guests of Honor, are prohibited from serving alcohol.  Adults 21 and over may order alcoholic beverages from the hotel, room service, and other places that legally serve alcohol and have liquor licenses.  SPJA does not encourage drinking.  If you are legally permitted to drink and choose to do so, SPJA asks that you drink responsibly.

Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following behavior:

  • Consumption of alcohol by any person younger than 21 years old (a “minor”).
  • Providing alcohol to, or facilitating the provision of alcohol to, any minor.
  • Consumption of alcohol in any hotel room in which a minor is staying or in which any minor is present.
  • Consumption of alcohol from any source other than the hotel concessions, room service, Lounge 21, or any other places that legally serve alcohol and have liquor licenses.
  • Violation of any federal, state, or local law regarding alcoholic beverages.
  • Violation of any policy of the Event facility or any Event vendor or concessionaire regarding alcoholic beverages.

Violation of this Alcohol Policy may result in forfeiture of your Event badge, your expulsion from the event and/or termination of your position with SPJA.

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