Bouchercon Policies

Harassment and Inclusion Policy

At Bouchercon, we gather to talk about the darker side of human nature. But the darkness stays on the page. The convention is run by fans, for fans, and is intended to be a relaxed and inclusive environment to celebrate the genre and community.

We welcome people from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, age, or body size. As such, we believe Bouchercon should be free of any discrimination, abuse, or harassment based on these, or any other, factors.

We view harassment as behavior that threatens, alarms, or makes someone uncomfortable. Examples may include but aren’t limited to: Verbal or written comments of a sexual or violent nature, unwanted physical contact, ethnic slurs, recording or photographing without consent, following or stalking, and coercion of any kind.

This code of conduct applies to all Official Bouchercon spaces, such as the convention floor, check-in, panels, meetings, book room, website, and our social media accounts. The code also applies to Bouchercon-sponsored events, such as dinners, galas, or book signings.

Any attendee asked to stop harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately. If you feel the situation is of an urgent nature, such as an immediate physical danger, you should immediately contact a member of the hotel or convention center staff, or the police. Bouchercon reserves the right to address any behavior in apparent violation of this policy, as it deems appropriate.

Hyatt Firearms Policy

The safety and security of our guests and associates is of utmost importance to Hyatt. This policy is designed for the protection of our guests and associates, and pertains to the presence of firearms on hotel premises.

Hyatt recognizes that guests or visitors may legally possess firearms for a variety of legitimate purposes. This policy is intended to create a safe environment for all guests and visitors by providing appropriate guidance over the custody of firearms on our premises.

Hotel premises are private property. Guests or visitors of a Hyatt hotel who lawfully are permitted to possess a firearm, may bring such firearm onto hotel premises for storage purposes only. Any guest or visitor who is in possession of a firearm on hotel premises is personally responsible for abiding by all applicable federal, state and local laws with respect to firearms, in the jurisdiction where the hotel is located and ensuring that the firearm is:

  • unloaded;

  • secured in a locked, hard-sided firearm container provided by the guest; and

  • securely safeguarded at all times in a guest room (or personal vehicle), except when transporting the firearm into or out of the hotel.

Guests who fail to abide by this policy may be asked to leave the hotel premises. A blanket exception to the restrictions described in this policy statement applies only to law enforcement officers and designated military personnel, who are on-duty and required to carry firearms in the performance of their duties. No exemption to this policy is allowed for private persons, even those licensed and permitted to carry a firearm, and/or where applicable, to conceal-carry a firearm.

Additionally, the hotel prohibits guests or visitors from openly carrying weapons on the hotel premises.

PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY LICENSE HOLDER WITH AN OPENLY CARRIED HANDGUN), A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (HANDGUN LICENSING LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A HANDGUN THAT IS CARRIED OPENLY.

DE ACUERDO CON LA SECCIÓN 30.07 DEL CÓDIGO PENAL (INGRESO SIN AUTORIZACIÓN DE UN PORTADOR DE UNA LICENCIA PARA LLEVAR UN ARMA DE FUEGO CORTA ABIERTAMENTE), UNA PERSONA CON LICENCIA SEGÚN EL SUBCAPÍTULO H, CAPÍTULO 411 DEL CÓDIGO DEL GOBIERNO (LEY PARA PORTAR ARMAS DE FUEGO CORTAS), NO PUEDE INGRESAR A ESTA PROPIEDAD CON UNA ARMA DE FUEGO CORTA LLEVA ABIERTAMENTE.

Questions concerning this policy or its implementation may be addressed to Hyatt’s Global Security department.