Rules of Conduct

Rules of Conduct

The following rules of conduct must be followed by all NC Comicon Attendees in order to provide a safe, secure, and pleasant environment for all.

The following rules of conduct must be followed by all NC Comicon Attendees in order to provide a safe, secure, and pleasant environment for all.

These activities are not allowed during the NC Comicon convention:

  • Engaging in disruptive and unsafe behavior that disturbs the public, attendees, volunteers, or staff.
  • Physical or verbal harassment/hate speech of the public, attendees, volunteers, or staff.

  • Any act which could result in substantial risk or harm to people or property.

  • Sexual misconduct, such as indecent exposure, offensive touching, or sexual harassment.

  • Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.

  • Possession of any item defined as a weapon, illegal or not; see cosplay prop/weapon policy for prop info.

Individuals whose actions violate these rules will be asked to stop such actions. NCComicon reserves the right to require anyone violating these rules of conduct to leave the event. NCComicon staff or security may withdraw permission for a person to re-enter the event if that person continues to violate these rules. Any violation of the rules of conduct which involve activities prohibited by law will result in notification of the proper authorities. What is illegal outside the convention is still illegal inside the convention.

Zero Tolerance Harassment

NC Comicon is proud to be an inclusive event for everyone regardless of gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of guests, attendees, staff, volunteers, security, or the general public in any form. NC Comicon takes violations of this policy seriously and will respond appropriately. Please be kind to one another in this awesome nerdy space! If you witness or are victim to any violation of this policy during the convention, please find a staff member immediately and seek help. We want to ensure your time with us is fun, respectful and safe.


Wristbands must be worn and be VISIBLE at all times. Individuals without wristbands will not be granted access to convention space. A fee will be charged for replacing a lost band.


NC Comicon is just as excited as you are about dressing up as characters we all love. This convention is a family-friendly event. Please keep this in mind when choosing costumes and allow common sense and good taste when making decisions for your cosplay.

  • Anything that would fall legally under indecent exposure will NOT be tolerated at this convention.
  • Any bodysuits worn must be opaque or be worn over opaque undergarments. We suggest that the groin area be covered with a dance belt or other methods to avoid form-fit.
  • Footwear is required in the convention space. If your character is supposed to be barefoot, we ask that you find a nude colored, or clear shoe replacement to get the point across.
  • No costumes or props with wheels that would otherwise propel you through the crowded convention space are permitted in the convention center.

Please leave all of these things to your amazing cosplay photoshoots off location. NC Comicon reserves the right to deem a costume unacceptable or request the wearer to make modifications as necessary.

Cosplay Props & Weapons Policy

No real weapons are allowed for your cosplays.

This includes firearms, knives, curios, relic antique firearms, any form of ammunition, any items designed or manufactured with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, even if any such weapons are inoperable or unusable. Items that may otherwise be legal for you to own or carry are not welcome at any event as part of a cosplay prop or if they violate this prop/replica weapons policy.

The following items are not permitted:

  • All metal weapons.
  • Firearms, Ammunition, Rifles, Shotguns, Handguns, Blowguns, Tasers, Laser Pointers, Laser-Aiming Devices or similar Laser Devices.
  • Explosives, Incendiary Devices, Chemical Weapons, and Pepper Spray/Mace.
  • Knives, Live Blades/Swords (including Katana and other Martial Arts Style Swords), Daggers, Sword Canes, Switchblades, Bali-Song (Butterfly Knife), Axes, Kunai, Ice Skates, and Hatchets.
  • Metal Pole Arms, Wooden/Metal Bats, Paddles, Golf Clubs, and Vuvuzelas.
  • Archery and Hunting Bows, Arrows, Nunchucks, Brass Knuckles, and Whips.
  • Any item designed or manufactured with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury to any person or property, or any item that appears, in NC Comicon/Durham Convention Center’s sole discretion, to be dangerous or which would pose or place others at risk or harm, immediate or otherwise.
  • Props should be carried and posed with in a way that does not inconvenience or risk injury to other attendees.
  • All prop weapons must be clearly distinguishable from real weapons at all times. Modifications should be made to ensure that they cannot be mistaken for functional weapons.

Fake/prop weapons must be checked for safety first, prior to entering the convention. If you bring a new weapon to the convention each day, please make sure to get it cleared before entering the event. Please ensure there is no ammunition, even if fake, in your prop weapons or you will be asked to leave. NC Comicon reserves the right to inspect and approve or reject any prop weapon brought into the convention area.

Pet Policy

As per the Durham Convention Center Policies: For the safety and comfort of all visitors, animals are not permitted inside the building. Guide, signal, or service dogs, as defined by law, are allowed. All sanitary needs are the responsibility of the handler.


Wheelchair access to the Durham Convention Center is available through the Marriott City Center Hotel entrance. Wheelchair rental is not available.