The American Mensa Committee acknowledges that there is a place for enjoyment of alcoholic beverages at its events, but the AMC discourages the abuse of alcohol by attendees. The use of alcohol is an individual decision, and members and their guests in attendance have an obligation to make responsible decisions regarding their use of alcohol — that includes compliance with all local, state, and federal laws relating to alcohol service and consumption. Also note:
Animals in AG space should be leashed and under control at all times. Only trained service animals are allowed in speaker rooms, Hospitality, the games room, and the Valley Overlook Foyer. Please keep your animal at least 10 feet away from food and drink service areas and food lines. If your needs require you to take an animal into those areas, exceptions may be made by the AG chairs or Hospitality Chair. There will be marked animal-friendly tables near the food service areas; please sit at those tables if possible. Please consult the Sheraton pet policy regarding pets in rooms.
Recording is not allowed without permission. Recording for commercial purposes of sessions that occur at Mensa events without providing prior notification of/approval by those being recorded is contrary to the policy of American Mensa, Ltd. Any reproduction and/or publication of copyrighted material from sessions that occur at Mensa events without permission from the copyright holder is contrary to the policy of American Mensa. The word “sessions” refers to sessions of any kind, including presentations, performances, discussions, and any other sort of session. The word “recordings” refers to video, audio, and all other forms of recording as well as live-streaming, broadcasting, or any other method by which the sessions may be made available to those not in attendance.
Your badge is required for entrance into Hospitality and all AG-related rooms and events (including SIG suites). Wear it at all times while in the hotel or you will be denied entry. If you arrive after registration closes for the evening, you will not be able to access AG rooms or events until registration opens the next morning and you are able to retrieve your badge. First and last name (and membership number) appear on all adult badges; youth badges display first name and last initial.
The Annual Gathering will be a friendly and safe environment for our attendees and speakers.
We reserve the right to remove anyone from the AG for inappropriate behavior with no refund of registration or other fees.
This is a 24-hour area for fellowship and food. Several buffet-style meals are usually scheduled, a variety of snacks and beverages are available around-the-clock. This includes alcoholic beverages (see Alcohol). There are usually special tables for like-minded people to gather — watch for table signs such as “Politics Free,” “First Timers,” and “Quiet Zone.”
Many Mensans like to greet at gatherings with a hug, but they also respect your personal space. Here’s a guide to the dots worn by many on name badges:
Parents and/or legal guardians (or a designee of the parents/guardians) may attend with their underage attendee. The accompanying adult will pay the fee on the same basis (member or nonmember) as other adult attendees. The accompanying adult will be considered a guest of the member who is under age 18 or, if the person under 18 is not a member, a guest of the member or group who is sponsoring the attendance of the under-age person.
Members of the working press have been invited to this event. If you would prefer not to be photographed, please see the Registration Desk for an appropriate sticker to add to your badge.
Detailed session listings are available via the event website — ag.us.mensa.org — the print program, and the event app. Note that the time and location of program sessions are subject to change; please consult the event app for the latest information or for alerts about programming changes.
The Mensa Store is the official store for products at the AG. If scheduled, the Mensa Marketplace is where you will find arts and crafts for sale by Mensa members.
A 10 percent processing fee will be charged for cancellation and refund requests through June 12, 2020. Refund and cancellation requests received after June 12 will be reviewed case-by-case, based on circumstance and event viability. Registrations are non-transferable.
The Annual Gathering will be a friendly and safe environment for attendees and speakers. Please refer to the event code of conduct. Inappropriate physical contact, verbal abuse, or harassment will not be tolerated, and persons not in compliance may be removed from the event without a refund. Please note:
Signage at the event must be approved by AG Chairs. In accordance with hotel policy, nothing may be stapled, tacked, or taped to walls. Message boards are available to post notices — this includes general and personal announcements, such as request for meal tickets, roommates. The AG Committee reserves the right to remove items considered inappropriate.
Marriott has a smoke-free hotel policy, and this applies to the event. Designated smoking areas can be found outside the hotel.
The Mensa Foundation is a funding sponsor of Spark!, three days of structured programming for children ages 4-12 (divided into different age groups). It is not childcare; rather, it is an opportunity for youth to engage in activities specific to them. For safety and security, there are restrictions on who is allowed inside the Spark! area. If you aren’t a minor signed up for Spark! (or the parent/guardian of that child), you will not be allowed into the Spark! area.
Any current or lapsed Mensa member who presents a program at an Annual Gathering is required to pay event registration. A nonmember who presents a program at an AG may receive a complimentary non-transferable registration for the day of the presentation; this registration may include one guest.
For safety and security reasons, this room is reserved for attendees aged 13 to 18 (or the parent/guardian of any teenager in that room). This is strictly regulated.
Tours are subject to cancellation if the tour minimum is not met by the tour deadline. If a tour is cancelled due to low registrations prior to the tour cutoff date, registrants will receive a full refund, minus the $0.35 tour company processing fee. Tour cancellation for low registrations will be determined no fewer than seven days prior to departure.
Once a tour is confirmed (the minimum number of guests has been reached by the deadline), additional registrations will be accepted based on availability.
Weapons policy for all American Mensa national events is dictated by the rules of the venue and applicable local, state, and federal laws.
Most of these policies are established in official American Mensa Actions Still in Effect and may not be modified. The AG Chair reserves the right to change or modify any policy or rule not based on official ASIEs or the ASIE appendix.