Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

  • Introduction
  • General Rating of the Convention
  • Public Decorum
  • Attendance by Minors / Age Policy
  • Weapons Policy
  • Pet Policy
  • Party Policy
  • Other Hotel Matters
  • Sales of Merchandise
  • Harassment
  • Substance Abuse
  • Media Relations and Use of FurtheMore Images or Footage
  • Payments to FurtheMore
  • Miscellaneous notes

 The following general rule supersedes all others listed below and may be invoked at any time:

Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects FurtheMore’s relationship with its guests, its venues or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in permanent suspension of membership.

Introduction

The primary purpose of FurtheMore is for our attendees to have fun.   To ensure that the greatest number of people achieve this objective we have established certain rules of conduct.   By them we seek only to ensure that the behavior of any one small group does not disturb the membership as a whole, nor does it detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the convention.   FurtheMore welcomes all parties with an interest in anthropomorphic animals; however, the convention’s management reserves the right to deny or revoke the membership of any individual at any time for any reason.   FurtheMore also reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice and reserves the sole right of interpretation.   In any dispute, the general rule above will apply.   If you have any questions, please contact the convention operations staff for assistance.

Anyone who accepts a membership badge agrees to indemnify and hold harmless FurtheMore, and Mid-Atlantic Anthropomorphic Society from any claim for personal injuries or other damages or equity arising out of any individual’s activities at FurtheMore, even if such injury or damage is caused by negligence by or on the part of FurtheMore.

As a condition of membership, all FurtheMore attendees are required to abide by these standards of conduct for the entire duration of their stay, even prior to Opening or after Closing Ceremonies.

General Rating of the Convention

All convention areas are considered to be “PG-13” at all times, with the exception of events or exhibits that are specifically noted to be inappropriate for minors and access to which is controlled by FurtheMore Ranger staff.
Attendees, when in public areas, may not wear clothing which is overly revealing or inappropriate to the atmosphere of the convention, such as fetish-related garb and accoutrements.   Collars are acceptable and are worn by numerous attendees as a fashion statement, but leashes attached thereunto are not.

Shirts, pants/shorts, and footwear must be worn when in areas of the hotel or convention center that are accessible to non-FurtheMore attendees, such as lobbies, restaurants and concourses, except for the pool area.
Full-body fursuits are excluded from the “shirts/pants/footwear” rule, provided that the costume is not unacceptably revealing.   Certain accoutrements such as leashes may be included as part of a costume at the discretion of the Ranger Chief.   For safety reasons, fursuits are not permitted in the hotel swimming pool or dining areas.

Public displays of affection beyond what is appropriate for polite company are frowned upon.   You will be asked to express your devotion to your significant other either in less conspicuous ways, or in private.

Public Decorum

No items of any kind, including paper airplanes, may be thrown or dropped from the hotel or Convention Center balconies or patios.

No water pistols, silly string, or any thrown or projectile-type toy may be used in any area of the hotel or Convention Center.

For safety reasons, only handheld glowsticks are permitted in the dances.   Glowsticks on strings or on polearms must be cleared with Ranger staff before being used.   The decision of the Ranger staff on any particular item will be final.

No sleeping in the lobby, the hallways, the meeting rooms or the Zoo.   Get a room, please!

FurtheMore attendees must abide by instructions given by FurtheMore Ranger staff.   Failure to do so will result in loss of membership privileges.   Any disputes or concerns may be addressed onsite at Convention Operations.

FurtheMore functions are open only to members, and all attendees should wear their membership badges at all times.   A badge is valid only for the person to whom it was issued; badges may not be shared under any circumstances

There is no smoking in any area within the hotel, including the guest rooms.   Smokers are asked to use designated smoking areas provided by the facility, and comply with any other smoking rules of the facility.   Cigarette butts must be disposed of properly and not left on the ground.

Providing transportation or housing, or otherwise enabling an individual that is known to be unwelcome at FurtheMore to attend or enter the Convention’s property will result in permanent revocation of FurtheMore membership privileges.

Attendance by Minors

Anyone who is under the age of 18 years at any time during the convention must present a signed and notarized parental permission form unless accompanied by a parent or able to produce evidence of legal emancipation.   There are no exceptions.

Minors are not permitted under any circumstances to enter areas that have been designated for mature audiences.

Anyone providing false documentation of identity or age will be denied membership and reported to the police.

The following outlines FurtheMore’s age guidelines.

Under Age 13

Attendees who are under the age of 13, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a valid convention membership badge at all times while in the convention.

Age 13-18

Attendees between the ages of 13-18 can only be registered at the door for the pre-registration attendance rate, and attend the convention without a parent present. However, their registration badge can only be claimed with a parent of guardian present AND a signed parental permission form, that will be NOT be available on the website prior to the convention.  Minors are not able to be pre-registered and must be registered at the door by the parent.

Over 18

Attendees over the age of 18 will be able to attend all functions of the convention. Some functions later in the evening may be rated for 18+ members and a valid ID must be produced upon request of the convention staff WITH their convention badge prior to admittance into the event.

Weapons Policy

No actual weapons or any item that can be easily mistaken for one may be carried either openly or concealed at any time on Convention property, regardless of any government permits which you may possess.   Exceptions may be made only for duly appointed law enforcement officers by prior arrangement with the Ranger Chief.   Personal pocket knives with single-edged blades less than 4 inches long are permitted provided it is not being used in a dangerous, threatening, or other manner that is unacceptable.

Realistic weapon replicas are permitted as part of a costume and must be appropriately peace-bonded; see the Ranger Chief for instruction on how to do so.   They must be cased or otherwise secured when being carried outside of costume.  Please remember that our region has a history of police operating under the “Silhouette Law”.  This means that if a police officer believes that your prop looks like a dangerous weapon, they can react to it as if it is.  Please keep all prop weapons inside the convention center unless excepted by an event such as the Fursuit parade.  Always obey all instructions from police or other authorities.  During an encounter/incident is not the time to dispute the reason or cause for the instructions.  That is what a courtroom is for.

Pet Policy

FurtheMore does not generally allow pets.   This is for the protection of the pet, the pet owner, and our attendees as a whole.   Service animals are permitted in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If in doubt, please speak with our Ranger staff.  We generally conform to the wishes and regulations of our host venue.

Parties and similar gatherings in hotel rooms

Gatherings in hotel rooms must not generate any noise that can be heard in neighboring rooms during nighttime hours.

Hotel doors must be kept shut during such gatherings and guests are not permitted to congregate in the hotel corridors.

Loud parties will be given a single warning to remain quiet.   No second warnings will be given before action is taken by the hotel to remove the offending individuals.

Hotel guests who host any gathering are responsible for cleaning up afterward.   Excessive amounts of unbagged trash must not be left for housekeeping staff to clean up (it’s just plain rude).   Trash bags are provided.   Use them.

Other hotel matters

Any act of vandalism, deliberate or excessive damage to hotel property, or interference with any hotel or Convention Center worker in the performance of his or her duties will result in permanent revocation of FurtheMore membership, criminal prosecution, fines, or any combination thereof.

The person in whose name a room is rented is solely responsible for the conduct of all individuals in the room as well as for the condition of the room.   Excessive trash, soiling or other damage to hotel property, or any circumstance that may present a hazard to hotel housekeeping staff may result in permanent loss of FurtheMore membership privileges.

Housekeeping staff are required by corporate policy to inspect every room once per day, even if the room is not to be serviced.   Housekeepers will not begin their rounds until 10:00 AM.   Thereafter they will initially bypass rooms with “do not disturb” signs on the doors, but at the end of their rounds they must return to those rooms and will knock on the door.   Attendees must allow housekeeping staff access to the room at that time.   That means that even if the “do not disturb” sign is displayed, after 10:00 AM the room must at some point be inspected and serviced (if necessary) by the end of housekeeping rounds.

Do not affix anything to the walls of the hotel or Convention Center, to the elevators, to FurtheMore signage, or to hotel room doors.   FurtheMore provides a message board in a public area where members may post messages or place announcements.

Requests for room amenities such as towels and pillows beyond the number that is reasonable and customary for a single room will not be honored.   Kindly bring such extra items from home if they are expected to be needed.

Sales of Merchandise

The offering for sale of any merchandise at the convention may be undertaken only in areas designated by the convention, such as the Market (dealers room) or Artist alley if a space is available and you have been duly registered and assigned a table at which to conducts sales; in all cases the sale will be governed by the rules applicable to those areas.   It is illegal to sell any other merchandise or services in any other areas, including the FurtheMore “Zoo.”

Harassment

Furthe’More is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event for everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or religious beliefs. We do not tolerate harassment, verbally or physically, of convention attendees, volunteers, staff, or guests.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

We investigate reports of harassment during the event and will take appropriate action to respond to legitimate claims including but not limited to, revocation of convention membership, barring offending persons from convention space, and informing the venue/hotel that offending persons are no longer eligible for the convention room rate. This may result in additional actions such as but not limited to, revocation of the convention room rate and removal from the premises, at the hotel/venue’s discretion.

Mid-Atlantic Anthropomorphic Society also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to refer reports of harassment to Hotel/Venue security and to law enforcement.

People who harass our attendees, volunteers, staff, and guests (including by attempting to abuse this policy) are not welcome at Furthe’More.

Fursuiting is not consent:  Just because they’re wearing a fursuit, does not mean that they want to be touched.  please be sure to ask permission before touching anyone

We at Furthe’More ask that all attendees use common sense and respect their fellow convention-goers. If you have questions or need clarification on our policy, please contact us at info@furthemore.org.


Substance Abuse

The sale or other distribution of any illegal or controlled substances is not welcome at FurtheMore.   Any individual found to be distributing such substances will be removed and reported directly to the local authorities.  Anyone knowingly or unknowingly providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 will be guilty of a felony and will be turned over to the authorities.   It is the sole responsibility of persons serving alcohol in room parties to ensure that every person in attendance is over the age of 21, even if that person is not drinking alcohol.   The laws are extremely serious about this and we ask our members to respect it.

Any minors found to be drinking whose intoxication does not appear to constitute a medical emergency, will have their parents contacted to pick up the minor.  The minor’s badge will be revoked.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol consumption will *NOT* be allowed in convention spaces.  Consumption of alcohol brought in from the outside is strictly prohibited outside of hotel guest rooms.  Anyone found to be doing so will be asked only once to return to their room.  Further infractions will result in the attendee being asked to leave the convention, and their attendance badge revoked.  Aggressive, belligerent, or repeat offenders will be removed from the convention and turned over to the authorities.

FurtheMore encourages responsible drinking, public intoxication will be handled by our Ranger and Veterinary (Security and Emergency Response) departments in an appropriate manner.  If at any time the Ranger or Veterinary services staff believe that the attendee is in a state of medical emergency, the appropriate medical response will be activated. If it is determined that a member is too intoxicated to continue enjoying the event, they will be asked to return to their room. Their membership badge may be held until the following morning by our Ranger staff. Members wishing to retrieve their badge must visit the Rangers to request badge return, and if neccessary may involve a discussion on appropriate behaivor.

Media Relations and Use of FurtheMore Images or Footage

All journalists, media photographers, and any other members of the press are required to display an official FurtheMore Press Badge or be accompanied by a senior FurtheMore staff member at all times while in the Convention, or any FurtheMore hotel.   Members of the press who have not been issued a Press Badge may not conduct interviews or take photographs, audio or video footage without an escort.

If members of the media are present, attendees must act responsibly.   Media representatives who do not have Press Badges and are not escorted by an FurtheMore staff member should be reported to FurtheMore Ranger staff or to Convention Operations immediately.   Do not speak to any unbadged and unescorted members of the press!

FurtheMore members should be aware that audio and/or video recordings are frequently made in convention areas and that their likenesses may appear in those recordings.   Individual members agree to assign without compensation the use of their likeness(es) at FurtheMore for the use of promotional material such as the highlights videos.

The name “FurtheMore” and the FurtheMore logo are registered service marks of Mid-Atlantic Anthropomorphic Society, and must not be used in any fashion that disparages or dilutes that mark.   Members agree to remove from circulation or publication any image or recording that in the sole opinion of Mid-Atlantic Anthropomorphic Society  misrepresents or defames its service mark.

Payments to FurtheMore and other money matters

Please note that Mid-Atlantic Anthropomorphic Society,. dba FurtheMore is a 501(c)7 nonprofit organization.   As such, donations to the organization are not deductible from individual U.S. Federal income taxes.

Checks that are presented against insufficient funds will be charged a fee of $30 per check.

FurtheMore also accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover cards.   Chargebacks (denying a charge) that are made for the sole purpose of avoiding payment, that are made without sufficient cause, or that are made without first attempting to resolve the dispute with FurtheMore may result in permanent revocation of membership privileges and possible legal action.

Members who have an outstanding balance due to FurtheMore must settle that balance before being permitted to attend the convention.

FurtheMore cannot involve itself in financial disputes between individual members, and cannot divulge information about an individual member to any party other than to banking officials or legal authorities.

Registrations are non-refundable.

Miscellaneous notes

The standards of conduct for FurtheMore will be strictly enforced by FurtheMore Ranger volunteers who will be clearly identified as such on site.   Please remember that your con badge is the property of FurtheMore, and must be presented and/or surrendered to any Staff member requesting it.   If you have any problem with any action taken by a Staff member you may take the matter up with the Chief of Ranger or to FurtheMore’s Chairman.

Please be reminded that these rules involve, of course, “worst-case” scenarios and are put into place to ensure the safety and comfort of our members.   They are also not all-inclusive; in all cases, the singular rule that supersedes all others is, “Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects FurtheMore’s relationship with its guests, its venue or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in revocation of membership privileges.  ” We anticipate no difficulties, as our members as a whole are rational and responsible adults.   FurtheMore is prepared to deal with any or all of the above scenarios in as rapid and efficient a manner as possible should they occur.   We thank our members for their past cooperation and for their continued assistance in making this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.   Have fun – just please remember to be courteous of those around you while doing so!

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