COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT!
Cosplay is an artistic expression not an invitation. Secure the permission of a cosplayer to enter their personal space. Do not touch any part of their costume or their person without permission and always ask before taking a photograph or a video.
RESPECT THE CHARACTER YOU ARE PORTRAYING
Be mindful that any portrayal is a homage, so be sure to act in a manner that would not diminish any character representation. Your character is no doubt beloved and we hope to preserve the spirit of that.
RESPECT THE EFFORT OF OTHERS
HERDCON is open to all, and there will be varying levels of skill. Be kind to your fellow cosplayers in regard to quality or accuracy!
BE MINDFUL OF THE SPACE YOU TAKE AND THE SAFETY OF OTHER HERDCON ATTENDEES
We welcome your creativity! Please be mindful that you cannot enter with a costume that features any sharp spikes, sharp edges, dangerous projectiles or any manner of hazard that may endanger you or other attendees. We are relying on cosplayers to use common sense in their construction, but we will have final say as to whether a costume is unsafe at registration.
MARSHALL UNIVERSITY IS PROUD TO HOST HERDCON, A CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY AND FUN. WE EXPECT ALL ATTENDEES TO ADHERE TO THE SAFETY AND WEAPONS POLICY TO ENSURE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE EVENT FOR ALL!
NO FIREARMS OF ANY KIND ARE PERMITTED ON CAMPUS THIS INCLUDES: REAL GUNS, FUNCTIONAL AIR SOFT, BB GUNS, PAINTBALL, PELLET AND CAP GUNS ETC.
PROHIBITED: METAL BLADED WEAPONS SUCH AS DAGGERS, SWORDS, AXES, ETC.
PROHIBITED: PROJECTILE WEAPONS SUCH AS FUNCTIONAL SLINGSHOTS, CROSSBOWS, WATER GUNS, LONG BOWS, ETC.
PROHIBITED: EXPLOSIVES AND FIRE CRACKERS
PROHIBITED: BLUNT WEAPONS SUCH AS NUNCHAKU, CLUBS, BATS, BRASS KNUCKLES, ETC.
PROHIBITED: HARD/ OVERWEIGHT PROPS SUCH AS ITEMS MADE OF OR COVERED WITH METAL, FIBERGLASS, HARD WOOD, GLASS AND OTHER DENSE OR HEAVY MATERIALS THAT MAY CAUSE HARM
Cosplay weapons will be inspected at the weapons check to determine if their construction meets with our approval.
Cosplayers must consent to a weapons check for inspection and tagging.
Any weapons not meeting safety standards will not be permitted in the CON.
All cosplay weapons must be constructed of plastic, foam or wood that is light weight.
Be mindful of wielding your cosplay weapons!