General Rules and Regulations

ASCD and its authorized representatives are hereinafter referred to as “Show Management.”

1. PAYMENT, CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS. A nonrefundable deposit payment equaling 50% of the total rented booth space is due with application. Applications submitted without deposit payment will not be processed and booth space will not be reserved. The balance of the space rental charge will become due and payable on January 26, 2024. Applications submitted after January 26, 2024, must include full payment. Show Management must receive all booth space cancellation requests in writing. No refunds or credits will be issued if an exhibitor chooses to downsize after the initial space selection. If Show Management receives a written request for cancellation of space on or before January 26, 2024, the exhibitor will be eligible for a refund of monies paid less the 50% deposit. No refunds will be made in any amount, or for any reason, for cancellation notices received after January 26, 2024. It is expressly agreed by the exhibitors that in the event they fail to pay the space rental at the times specified, or fail to comply with any other provisions contained in these rules and regulations concerning their use of exhibit space, Show Management shall have the right to reassign the booth location shown on the face of the contract or to take possession of said space and lease same, or any part thereof, to such parties and upon such terms and conditions as it may deem proper. In the event of a default by the exhibitor, as set forth in the previous sentence, the exhibitor shall forfeit as liquidated damages, the amount paid for the space reservation, regardless of whether or not the Show Management enters into a further lease for the space involved. In case the exposition shall not be held for any reason whatsoever, then and thereupon the rental and lease of space to the exhibitor shall be terminated. In such case the limit claim for damage and/or compensation by the exhibitor shall be the return to the exhibitor of the prorata amount already paid for space for this specific event.

2. SPACE RENTAL AND ASSIGNMENT OF LOCATION. Whenever possible, space assignments will be made by Show Management in keeping with the preferences as to location requested by the exhibitor. SHOW MANAGEMENT, HOWEVER, RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE FINAL DETERMINATION OF ALL SPACE ASSIGNMENTS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE EXPOSITION.

3. USE OF SPACE, SUBLETTING OF SPACE. No exhibitor shall assign, sublet, or share the space allotted with another business or company unless approval has been obtained in writing from Show Management. Exhibitors are not permitted to feature names or advertisements of non-exhibiting manufacturers, distributors or agents in the exhibitor’s display, parent or subsidiary companies excepted. Exhibitors must show only goods manufactured or dealt by them in the regular course of business. Should an article of non-exhibiting company be required for operation or demonstration in an exhibitor’s display, identification of such article shall be limited to the usual and regular nameplate, imprint or trademark under which same is sold in the general course of business. No company or organization not assigned exhibit space will be permitted to solicit business within the Exhibit Areas.

4. OPERATION OF DISPLAYS. Show Management reserves the right to restrict the operation of, or evict completely, any exhibit which, in its sole opinion, detracts from the general character of the exposition as a whole. This includes, but is not limited to, an exhibit which, because of noise, flashing lights, method of operation, display of unsuitable material, are determined by Show Management to be objectionable to the successful conduct of the exposition as a whole. Use of so-called “barkers” or “pitchmen” is strictly prohibited. All demonstrations or other promotional activities must be confined to the limits of the exhibit space. Sufficient space must be provided within the exhibit space for the comfort and safety of persons watching demonstrations and other promotional activities. Each exhibitor is responsible for keeping the aisles near its exhibit space free of congestion caused by demonstrations or other promotions.

Early Breakdown: All exhibits must be staffed and remain intact until the official closing of conference. Early booth breakdown is strictly prohibited. As a matter of policy, exhibitors may not cease conducting business, remove products from shelves, or pack, tear down, or dismantle any portion of their exhibit/booth prior to the official closing of conference. Failure to abide may result in a fine and affect the company’s ability to exhibit at future ASCD conferences.

Alcoholic Beverages: Exhibitors may not serve alcoholic beverages in the exhibit hall except with the written permission of Show Management.

Direct Sales: Sales are permitted only within the booth area. It is the sole responsibility of the exhibitor to comply with Federal, State and Local Laws, Regulations and Ordinances concerning such sales, including tax and license fees. Exhibitor agrees to hold ASCD, Show Management, and the Exposition harmless with respect to such compliance.

Contests, Drawings & Lotteries: All unusual promotional activities must be approved in writing by Show Management no later than 60 days prior to the opening of the exposition.

Literature Distribution: All demonstrations or other activities must be confined to the limits of the exhibitor’s booth space. Distribution of circulars may be made only within the space assigned to the exhibitor distributing such materials. No advertising circulars, catalogs, folders, or devices shall be distributed by exhibitors in the aisles, meeting rooms, registration areas, lounges, or grounds of the host facility. Trade publishers are prohibited from soliciting advertising during the Show. Trade publications may be distributed from their booth, but automatic distribution is prohibited.

Live Animals: Live animals are prohibited.

Sound: Exhibits which include the operation of musical instruments, radios, sound projection equipment, public address systems or any noisemaking machines must be conducted or arranged so that the noise resulting from the demonstration will not annoy or disturb adjacent exhibitors and their patrons, nor cause the aisles to be blocked. Operators of noisemaking exhibits must secure approval of operating methods before the exhibit opens.

Copyright Licensing: Exhibitor is solely responsible for obtaining any required licenses to broadcast, perform, or display any copyrighted materials including but not limited to music, video, and software. Exhibitor shall indemnify and hold harmless ASCD, Show Management, and facility against cost, expense, or liability which may be incident to, arise out of or be caused by Exhibitor's failure to obtain requisite license.

Irregular Activities: All giveaway items with the exception of plastic bags, pens, pencils, luggage tags, pocket calendars, and the exhibitor’s products must be submitted for approval to Show Management three (3) weeks prior to the opening of the expositions. Noisemakers of any kind will not be permitted. All exhibitors distributing approved “stick-ons” may not place the “stick-ons” on the attendee badges.

5. EXHIBITORS AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE. Each exhibitor must name one person to be the representative in connection with installation, operation and removal of the company’s exhibit. Such representative shall be authorized to enter into such service contracts as may be necessary and for which the exhibitor shall be responsible. The exhibitor shall assume responsibility for such representative being in attendance throughout all exposition periods; and this representative shall be responsible for keeping the exhibit neat, manned and orderly at all times. For their own safety and protection, children sixteen (16) years of age and under will not be admitted in the Exhibit Hall during Move-In and Move-Out, and they may not staff the booth.

6. INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL. Show Management reserves the right to fix the time for the installation of a booth prior to the Show opening and for its removal after the conclusion of the Show. Installation of all exhibits must be fully completed by the opening time of the exposition. Any space not claimed and occupied three hours prior to opening, may be resold or reassigned without refund. No exhibitor will be allowed to dismantle or repack any part of the exhibit until after the closing of the Show.

7. ARRANGEMENT OF EXHIBITS. Each exhibitor is provided an Official Exhibitor Service Manual. The Exhibitor Service Manual describes the type and arrangement of exhibit space and the standard equipment provided by Show Management for booth construction. All booth space must be arranged and constructed in accordance with the guidelines, provisions and limitations contained in the Exhibitor Service Manual. If, in the sole opinion of Show Management, any exhibit fails to conform to the Exhibitor Service Manual guidelines, or the provisions set forth herein, such exhibit will be prohibited from functioning at any time during the exposition.

Exhibit Construction: Interference with other exhibitors’ light and space is prohibited. Display materials that expose an unfinished surface to neighboring booths are not permitted and must be finished at the exhibitor’s expense. Management reserves the right to have such finishing done and to bill the exhibitor for the expense.

Exhibitor Plan Review: Booth construction plans and layout arrangements for first-time exhibitors, exhibits in peninsula or island booth spaces, or involving other unusual construction features, must be submitted for approval at least sixty (60) days prior to the opening of the exposition.

8. EXHIBITS & PUBLIC POLICY. Each exhibitor is charged with knowledge of all laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to health, fire prevention and public safety, while participating in this exposition. Compliance with such laws is mandatory for all exhibitors and the sole responsibility is that of the exhibitor. Show Management and service contractors have no responsibility pertaining to the compliance with laws as to public policy as far as individual exhibitor’s space, materials and operation is concerned. Should exhibitors have any questions as to the application of such laws, ordinances and regulations to their exhibit or display, Show Management will endeavor to answer them. All booth decorations including carpeting must be flame-proofed and all hangings must clear the floor. Electrical wiring must conform with National Electrical Code Safety Rules. If inspection indicates any exhibitor has neglected to comply with these regulations, or otherwise incurs fire hazard, the right is reserved to cancel all or such part of their exhibit as may be irregular, and effect the removal of same at exhibitor’s expense. Exhibitors will not be permitted to store behind their booth background any excess material such as cardboard cartons, literature, etc. Excess supplies must be stored in areas which will be made available for such purpose. If unusual equipment or machinery is to be installed, or if appliances that might come under fire codes are to be used, the exhibitor should communicate with Show Management for information concerning facilities or regulations. Exhibitors must comply with City and State fire regulations. Independent contractors must conform to IAEE, ESCA and ED&PA guidelines. All exhibit labor must comply with established labor jurisdictions.

9. STORAGE OF PACKING CRATES AND BOXES. Exhibitors will not be permitted to store packing crates and boxes in their booths during the exhibit period, but these, when properly marked, will be stored and returned to the booth by service contractors. It is the exhibitors' responsibility to mark and identify their crates. Crates not properly marked or identified may be destroyed. Show Management assumes no responsibility for the contents of crates or boxes improperly labeled as “empty.” Because of the lack of storage facilities, it may be necessary to store empty crates and cartons outside the building. Every effort will be made to protect the crates from the elements, but neither Show Management nor its service contractors will assume any responsibility for damage to them. The removal and return of large crates that cannot be handled by hand trucks will be charged at prevailing rates. Crates, boxes or other exhibit materials unclaimed by the exhibitor after the Show will be removed at the exhibitor’s expense. Exhibitors will be billed by Show Contractors for removal time and materials at prevailing rates.

10. SOCIAL ACTIVITIES. Exhibitor agrees to withhold sponsoring hospitality suites/rooms or other functions during official show activities, including exhibit hours, social functions, educational seminars and any other related activity scheduled by Show Management.

11. LIABILITY AND INSURANCE. All property of exhibitors remains under their custody and control in transit to and from the exhibit hall and while it is in the confines of the exhibit hall. Neither Show Management, its service contractors, the management of the exhibit hall nor any of the officers, staff members or directors of any of the same are responsible for the safety of the property of exhibitors from theft, damage by fire, accident, vandalism or other causes, and the exhibitor expressly waives and releases any claim or demand he may have against any of them by reason of any damage to or loss of any property of the exhibitor. It is recommended that exhibitors obtain adequate insurance coverage, at their own expense, for property loss or damage and liability for personal injury.

12. INDEMNIFICATION. Exhibitor agrees that it will indemnify and hold and save Show Management whole and harmless of, from and against all claims, demands, actions, damages, loss, cost, liabilities, expenses and judgments recovered from or asserted against Show Management on account of injury or damage to person or property to the extent that any such damage or injury may be incident to, arise out of, or be caused, either proximately or remotely, wholly or in part, by an act, omission, negligence or misconduct on the part of Exhibitor or any of its agents, servants, employees, contractors, patrons, guests, licensees or invitees or of any other person entering upon the Premises leased hereunder with the express or implied invitation or permission of Exhibitor, or when any such injury or damage is the result, proximate or remote, of the violation by Exhibitor or any of its agents, servants, employees, contractors, patrons, guests, licensees or invitees of any law, ordinance or governmental order of any kind, or when any such injury or damage may in any other way arise from or out of the occupancy or use by Exhibitor, its agents, servants, employees, contractors, patrons, guests, licensees or invitees of the Premises leased hereunder. Such indemnification of Show Management by Exhibitor shall be effective unless such damage or injury may result from the sole negligence, gross negligence or willful misconduct of Show Management. Exhibitor covenants and agrees that in case Show Management shall be made a party to any litigation commenced by or against Exhibitor or relating to this lease or the Premises leased hereunder, then Exhibitor shall and will pay all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, incurred by or imposed upon Show Management by virtue of any such litigation.

Property Damage: Neither Show Management nor Exhibitor shall be responsible for any loss of or damage to property of the other party hereto, including, but not limited to, loss or damage occasioned by theft, fire, smoke, acts of God, public enemy, riot, civil commotion or other insurable casualty, and Show Management and Exhibitor expressly waive any claim for liability against the other party hereto with respect to any such loss or damage. Accordingly, it shall be the responsibility of Show Management and Exhibitor, respectively, to secure its own insurance or otherwise protect itself and its property against such loss or damage.

13. CARE OF BUILDING AND EQUIPMENT. Exhibitors or their agents shall not injure or deface any part of the exhibit building, the booths, or booth contents or show equipment and decor. When such damage appears, the exhibitor is liable to the owner of the property so damaged.

14. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. Exhibitors acknowledge their responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (hereinafter “Act”) to make their booths accessible to handicapped persons. Exhibitor shall also indemnify and hold harmless ASCD, Show Management, and facility against cost, expense, liability or damage which may be incident to, arise out of or be caused by Exhibitor’s failure to comply with the Act.