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.
The primary purpose of FurtheMore is for our attendees to have fun.
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.
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.
Public displays of affection beyond what is appropriate for polite company are frowned upon.
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.
No sleeping in the lobby, the hallways, the meeting rooms or the Zoo.
FurtheMore attendees must abide by instructions given by FurtheMore Ranger staff.
FurtheMore functions are open only to members, and all attendees should wear their membership badges at all times.
There is no smoking in any area within the hotel, including the guest rooms.
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
The following outlines FurtheMore’s age guidelines.
Age 5 and under Ages 5 and under are admitted at no-charge with a properly registered and badged parent.
Ages 6 - 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.
Ages 13 - 17 Attendees between the ages of 13-17 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.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
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.
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.
FurtheMore does not generally allow pets.
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.
Hotel guests who host any gathering are responsible for cleaning up afterward.
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.
Housekeeping staff are required by corporate policy to inspect every room once per day, even if the room is not to be serviced.
Do not affix anything to the walls of the hotel or Convention Center, to the elevators, to FurtheMore signage, or to hotel room doors.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sale or other distribution of any illegal or controlled substances is not welcome at FurtheMore.
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 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.
If members of the media are present, attendees must act responsibly.
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.
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.
Payments to FurtheMore and other money matters
Please note that Mid-Atlantic Anthropomorphic Society,. dba FurtheMore is a 501(c)7 nonprofit organization.
Checks that are presented against insufficient funds will be charged a fee of $30 per check.
FurtheMore also accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover cards.
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.
The standards of conduct for FurtheMore will be strictly enforced by FurtheMore Ranger volunteers who will be clearly identified as such on site.
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.