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.
The primary purpose of Anthrocon is for our attendees to have fun. To ensure that the greatest number of people do so, we have established certain rules of conduct. These rules are to ensure that the behavior of any one small group does not disturb the membership as a whole, and does not 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 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 Ceremonies or after Closing Ceremonies.
General Rating of the Convention
All convention space is 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 staff.
When in public areas, attendees may not wear clothing or accessories which are overly revealing, inappropriate to the atmosphere of the convention, or likely to draw reasonable complaint or offense. This includes clothing or accessories that are fetish-related or restrict mobility, such as a leash attached to an otherwise acceptable collar. Some normally inappropriate items may be included as part of a costume at the discretion of the Security Chief.
Shirts, pants/shorts/skirts, and footwear must be worn when in areas of hotels or the convention center that are accessible to non-Anthrocon attendees, such as lobbies, restaurants, and concourses, except for hotel swimming pools. Full-body fursuits qualify as shirts, pants, and footwear provided that the costume is not unacceptably revealing. Fursuiters must respect the policies of hotels and other venues regarding areas where costumes are not allowed, which may include restaurants and hotel swimming pools.
Public displays of affection beyond what is appropriate for polite company are frowned upon. Please express your devotion to your significant other either in less conspicuous ways, or in private.
No items of any kind may be thrown, flown, or dropped from hotel or Convention Center balconies or patios.
No water pistols, silly string, or any thrown, flown, or projectile item may be used in any area of hotels or the Convention Center.
Lighter-than-air balloons may not be brought into the 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.
Please do not sleep in convention space or hotel lobbies; return to your hotel room or home.
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.
Knowingly providing transportation or housing, or otherwise knowingly enabling an individual that is unwelcome at Anthrocon to attend or enter convention space will result in permanent revocation of Anthrocon membership privileges.
Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at the convention. If you have been the target of harassment, we urge you to report the incident immediately to a member of Security or to Convention Operations. The sooner an issue is reported to us, the more appropriately we can address it.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Physical assault, battery, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions.
(b) Conduct, dress, or speech that targets, threatens, intimidates, or is otherwise intended to cause distress to other attendees, or members of protected classes (such as those based on race, age, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual identity).
If people tell you "no" or ask you 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. Remember: "A costume does not imply consent."
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 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 in convention space, 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 Fursuit Parade or Anthrocon Tonight, 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.
Pets are not permitted in convention space. Service dogs (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA, Title II) are permitted in all convention space accessible to members provided that they are under appropriate control. Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Animals are NOT considered service dogs by the ADA, and are not permitted in convention space.
Hotel Party Policy
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 workers in the performance of their duties will result in permanent revocation of Anthrocon membership, criminal prosecution, fines, or any combination thereof.
Do not affix anything to the walls of any hotel or Convention Center, to the elevators, to Anthrocon signage, or to hotel room doors.
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.
Hotel Housekeeping staff are required by corporate policy to inspect every room once per day, even if the room is not to be serviced. In some of our partner hotels, Housekeepers will delay their rounds for our benefit, and will initially bypass rooms with "do not disturb" signs on the doors. 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 to inspect it at that time, even if the "do not disturb" sign is displayed.
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 you anticipate the need.
Sales of Goods and Services
The offering for sale of any goods or services at the convention may be undertaken only in appropriate and authorized 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. Sales may only be made at authorized times, and by registered, authorized Dealerships or registered, authorized Artist's Alley participants. It is not permitted to sell any other goods or services in any other areas, including the Anthrocon "Zoo."
Smoking, Alcohol, and Substance Abuse
Smoking is not permitted in any area within the Westin (including 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.
Anthrocon asks that any bottled alcoholic beverages be brought promptly to hotel rooms for storage or responsible consumption. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into nor consumed in convention space, except during designated programming events.
Anyone knowingly or unknowingly providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 may be removed from the convention, be turned over to the authorities, and can be charged with a felony. 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.
The sale, distribution, or use 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 authorities. For safety, any obviously intoxicated or impaired attendees will be asked to return to their room or seek medical attention until the effects have passed.
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 convention space. 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 space 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 accepts most major credit and debit 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.
The standards of conduct for Anthrocon will be enforced by Anthrocon security Staff. Please remember that your membership 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 with Anthrocon's Chairman.
Please be reminded that these rules involve "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 handle difficulties as efficiently 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. Please remember to be courteous of those around you, and have fun!
Chairman, Anthrocon Inc