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Rules of Animarathon


  1. Be respectful of others, including their property and personal space.

  2. Silence devices and be quiet during panels & events unless otherwise noted.

  3. There will be no solicitation at Animarathon without our permission.

  4. Take care of yourself. Shower, eat, stay hydrated, and brush your teeth.


  1. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

  2. Respect University Property

  3. Guests must respect personal space.

  4. No Solicitation

  5. Guests should stay out of the 4th floor.

  6. The stairwells aren’t for making out or smoking.

  7. No running inside or jumping off ledges.

  8. Keep exits, elevators, and hallways clear enough to be walked through.


  1. The Fourth Floor of the Union is OFF LIMITS. The rafters beyond the safety rails are especially off limits because they are hollow, and you will fall through.

  2. Please pick up trash and recycle.

  3. Please keep the toilets nice for other guests.

  4. Return chairs to where they were.

  5. There is NO need to RUN or JUMP off things.

  6. DO NOT loiter in elevators, stairwells, or high traffic areas.

  7. DO NOT shake the cherry trees outside.

  8. The Yoshino Cherry Trees are a historical gift from the people of Japan and are easily damaged. Please preserve their beauty for others.

  9. We will have a volunteer watching the cherry trees. If a guest is caught shaking them, we will ask them to leave Animarathon.



  1. Follow all laws.

  2. Follow the BGSU Code of Conduct

  3. Follow BGSU Smoking Rules

  4. No theft

  5. No fighting

    (Posing for a photo is OK, but no sudden movements or blows)

  6. No sexual harassment.

  7. No general harassment.


  1. Cherry trees should not be shaken.

  2. Parking rules should be followed.

  3. Guests should not jaywalk, especially across  East Wooster Street and Thurstin Street


  1. Use common sense with props and actions.

  2. Safely posing with a prop is OK.

  3. Pretend Battles are ONLY allowed during the cosplay competition.

  4. If a guest gets in a fight or hurts someone, they will be asked to leave, and the police may get involved.

  5. You MUST NOT fly a UAS (drone).

  6. DO NOT steal things.

  7. Thieves will give up suspect items and be blacklisted.

  8. The Police will be notified of the theft, and they may get involved.

  9. Respect University Property. Do not rough house, and do not jump off stairs or balconies.

  10. Drink Responsibly

  11. Please have a designated driver or call a cab.

  12. Open Containers (alcohol) are not allowed on BGSU Campus outside the Pub 1910.

  13. Follow BGSU's smoking rules.

  14. BGSU is a non-smoking campus. There is a smoking area nearby Animarathon behind University Hall in Lot A, and behind the administration skyscraper in Lot 11.

  15. Vapes and non-smoking tobacco products are allowed outdoors under campus rules.

  16. Do not jaywalk as it is very dangerous in Bowling Green.

  17. You MUST BE careful while crossing Wooster Street.

  18. Children aged 12 or under must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  19. Children must have their parent or guardian's name and contact information written on the child's badge.

  20. Guests must not enter panels or events rated higher than their current age.


  1. Shirts and shoes required.

  2. Clothing must cover genitals.

  3. No Pup hoods

  4. No Ahegao shirts or clothing

  5. No Yaoi Paddles

These are what the items look like that are BANNED


  1. Must be checked at the door.

  2. No real weapons

  3. Nothing that can be used like a weapon.

    • Mods that make use hard are OK. Swords should be sheathed and ziptied several times.

    • No metal pipes, throwing knives, and any other device that can’t be easily disabled.

  4. If a weapon is purchased at artists alley it must immediately be checked, or deposited at the Coat Room or outside in a vehicle trunk.

  5. Checked weapons will have a multicolored band on them. Band must remain visible.

  6. An orange tip alone on a makeshift/toy gun is not enough. They also need a multicolored band, and have their trigger disabled.


  1. No creepshots with cameras.

  2. No drones.

  3. Don’t leave high value electronics lying unattended.

  4. No reckless use of Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality

  5. Do not disrupt University Wi-Fi by broadcasting a network on conflicting wireless channels.

  6. No Phone or GPS Jammers.

  7. No Samsung Galaxy Note 7s or other explosives

  8. Guests should be careful with Selfie Sticks.



  1. Animarathon Staff, University Staff, and Law Enforcement Officers are the ultimate authority on acceptable behavior at Animarathon.

  2. Attendees who are disruptive or break the rules kill the mood and may be asked to leave without a refund based on a staff member's decision. Possible punishments for rule breaking could include one or more of the following:

  3. Being given a warning that it's time to stop.

  4. Being removed from Animarathon for the remainder of Animarathon.

  5. Being placed on a permanent blacklist, unable to return to Animarathon in the future. This list will include your reason for exclusion. We may share this list with other conventions in the future.

  6. Paying for any damage caused.

  7. Police involvement or action.

  8. BGSU Security is active at Animarathon and enforces the rules and guidelines in addition to Animarathon staff. BGSU Security also enforces all laws and BGSU rules.

  9. If we have confiscated something from you, or we have found your lost item, you may pick it up at the coat room when leaving.


  1. If you see someone breaking the rules, especially in an unsafe way or in a way that makes you uncomfortable, please contact us as soon as you can.

  2. If there is an emergency where someone could be seriously hurt or die, dial 911 immediately and order a specific nearby person to get to a security officer as fast as they can. Your location is the BGSU Student Union. There are public telephones along the wall if you do not have a cellphone. The emergency rescue point is in the stairwells.

  3. If there is a less pressing but still serious issue, please contact an Animarathon Staff member, and we will do our best to resolve the problem.

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