Anthrocon Standards of Conduct (v.3.3)

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 Anthrocon'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 Anthrocon 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. Anthrocon 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. Anthrocon, Inc. 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 Anthrocon, Inc. from any claim for personal injuries or other damages or equity arising out of any individual's activities at Anthrocon, even if such injury or damage is caused by negligence by or on the part of Anthrocon, Inc.

As a condition of membership, all Anthrocon 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" 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 Anthrocon Security 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 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-Anthrocon 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 Security 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 Security staff before being used. The decision of the Security 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!

At the request of the management, lighter-than-air balloons may not be brought into the Convention Center.

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

Anthrocon 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.

Smoking is not permitted in any area within the Westin (including the guest rooms) or the Convention Center. THIS INCLUDES ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, at the request of the venue management. Smokers are asked to use designated smoking areas, and to comply with any other smoking rules of the facility. Cigarette butts must be disposed of properly and may not left on the ground.

Knowingly providing transportation or housing, or otherwise knowingly enabling an individual that is unwelcome at Anthrocon to attend or enter the Convention's property will result in permanent revocation of Anthrocon 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.

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 Westin or on Convention Center 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 Security Chief. Personal pocket knives with single-edged blades less than 4 inches long are permitted.

Realistic weapon replicas are permitted as part of a costume only during costume events such as the Masquerade and Fursuit Parade, and must be appropriately peace-bonded; see the Security Chief for instruction on how to do so. They must be cased or otherwise secured when being carried outside of costume.

Pet Policy

Anthrocon does not 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.

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 Anthrocon 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 Anthrocon membership privileges.

Both Westin and Doubletree Hotel 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 any hotel or Convention Center, to the elevators, to Anthrocon 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. 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 appropriate areas of Halls "B" or "C" in the Convention Center; 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 Anthrocon "Zoo."

Harassment

Harassment of any kind, including physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions, will not be tolerated. If people tell you "no" or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the premises.

Anthrocon is not responsible for solving any interpersonal problems that may arise between individual members. In general, we can take no action to prevent a person from attending the convention unless that person has made a specific and credible threat toward the convention itself or if another individual can produce a legal restraining order.

Substance Abuse

The sale or other distribution of any illegal or controlled substances is not welcome at Anthrocon. 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 Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is extremely serious about this law and we ask our members to respect it.

Media Relations and Use of Anthrocon Images or Footage

All journalists, media photographers, and any other members of the press are required to display an official Anthrocon Press Badge or be accompanied by a senior Anthrocon staff member at all times while in the Convention Center, the Westin, or any Anthrocon 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 Anthrocon staff member should be reported to Anthrocon Security staff or to Convention Operations immediately. Do not speak to any unbadged and unescorted members of the press!

Anthrocon 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 Anthrocon for the use of promotional material such as the highlights videos.

The name "Anthrocon" and the Anthrocon logo are registered service marks of Anthrocon, Inc., 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 Anthrocon, Inc. misrepresents or defames its service mark.

Payments to Anthrocon and other money matters

Please note that Anthrocon 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.

Anthrocon 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 Anthrocon may result in permanent revocation of membership privileges and possible legal action.

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

Anthrocon 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.

Miscellaneous notes

The standards of conduct for Anthrocon will be strictly enforced by Anthrocon security volunteers who will be clearly identified as such on site. Please remember that your con badge is the property of Anthrocon, Inc. 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 Security or to Anthrocon'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 Anthrocon'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. Anthrocon 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!

Samuel Conway
Chairman, Anthrocon Inc.
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