Code of Conduct

In order to make your convention experience and that of your fellow con-goers a pleasant one, we require everyone to observe the following rules. Persons violating this Code of Conduct may be asked to leave AWA. Please have your Anime Weekend Atlanta event badge openly displayed on your person at all times while in any of the convention space(s).

 Anime Weekend Atlanta reserves the right to refuse entrance into the events or service to any individual or group at any time.

General Rules

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated

  • Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. If you feel you are being harassed, please contact the Public Safety department or the nearest crew member.

  • All individuals will be held to the standards of our Props Policy and Dress Code as published on this site.

  • Fighting, combat, affray, mock combat, horseplay, fist fighting, martial arts sparring or demonstrations, or any other similar behavior will not be tolerated.

  • Disorderly and disruptive behavior such as hollering, cursing around minors, noisemakers, marco-polo, and disrupting foot traffic is prohibited and may result in ejection from AWA.

  • Persons committing theft, shoplifting, larceny, burglary, looting, robbery, counterfeiting and fraud will be ejected from AWA and given to the custody of Cobb County Police.

  • Persons committing vandalism, graffiti, defacement, destruction of property, and criminal damage will be ejected from AWA and given to the custody of Cobb County Police.

  • Limit elevator use to their intended function. If traversing only 1 floor (especially 1st to 2nd & vice versa), you are encouraged to use stairs and/or escalators. You may be required to exit the elevator at lobby level; please comply with crew member requests to do so.

  • Do not drop anything from the balconies of the convention venues; you will be ejected from AWA, evicted from your hotel room, and face possible criminal charges.

  • Sales of merchandise or any other item outside of authorized AWA venues is prohibited.

  • Panhandling, begging, soliciting, busking (street performing), or performing any act in exchange for goods, services, or money is prohibited.

  • Signs worn or carried on the person are prohibited, except when verifiably part of a costume.

  • Do not move any chairs or tables.

  • If you are under 21, it is illegal to consume alcohol in the State of Georgia.

  • If you are over 21, be responsible if you consume alcohol: only drink in appropriate places, know when you’ve had too many, etc.

  • Do not sleep in public spaces or function rooms.

  • Put trash in trash receptacles only.

  • Do not post flyers, posters, or promotional materials in public spaces or on walls; use designated tables and bulletin boards only.

  • Turn off your cell phone while attending videos, panels, and events.

  • Events, videos, and panels that AWA deems to be of an adult nature require government issued photo identification indicating appropriate age (18+) to enter.

  • If you have a prescription for the drugs you take, please bring it; if not, leave it at home. Anyone found in possession of controlled substance will be ejected from the convention and given to the custody of the Cobb County Police.

  • If you’re going to the Sheraton Hotel, Cumberland Mall, or anything else across Cobb Parkway, use the Skybridge, it will keep you from breaking a leg.

Anti-Harassment Policy

  • Anime Weekend Atlanta is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all. As such, we ask you to remember that boundaries and comfort levels vary from person to person.

  • Do not assume that a behavior you would find acceptable is therefore acceptable to another person.

  • It is each individual’s responsibility to obtain definitive consent from another person for anything that involves that person. The absence of expressed consent must be treated as refusal.

  • It is likewise every individual’s right to dictate their own boundaries and be respected.

  • AWA will not tolerate harassment, and reserves the right to revoke badge privileges and remove from the premises anyone found to be contributing to an unsafe or hostile convention environment.

  • If you feel that you are unsafe or being harassed, please approach any member of crew for assistance in finding a Public Safety team member or Cobb County police officer. Your safety and comfort are a top priority.

Membership Policies

Badges and wristbands serve as proof of membership for the dates and/or times listed on them. Your membership grants you access to all non-specialty events and function spaces based on availability and convention policies. Specialty events (AWA Ball, Maid Cafe, etc.) may require an additional fee. Badges and wristbands remain the property of AWA LLC, and must be surrendered on request by an authorized representative of Anime Weekend Atlanta(AWA).

Please remember that duplicating a membership badge is forgery- a felony in the state of Georgia. If you are caught forging and/or selling forged badges, you will be banned from the convention, and given to the custody of the Cobb County Police.

The Anime Weekend Atlanta venue spaces comprise the Sheraton Suites Galleria, the upper floor of the Cobb Galleria Convention Center, some storefronts of the Galleria Specialty Mall, and the entirety of the meeting and pre-function space of the Renaissance Waverly Hotel. Access to these spaces requires that proof of membership be displayed at all times. No proof of membership is required to go to registration.

Badge checks are performed for entrance to the following areas:

  • Cobb Galleria Convention Center main concourse and meeting halls

  • All events and panels

  • Video, Video Gaming, Gaming, Video Art Track and any other established event spaces

Persons without proof of membership found to be loitering in any controlled spaces will be required to buy a membership or asked to leave.