CODE OF CONDUCT
The primary purpose of Motor City Furry Con (henceforth known as MCFC) is to provide a fun and safe environment for its members. In order to ensure that the event maintains a pleasant atmosphere for everyone, we must require for all attendees to follow an accepted code of conduct. By encouraging all who take part in the event to behave in a way that is acceptable and inoffensive to the majority of the attendees, we can help to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at Motor City Furry Con. Motor City Furry Con welcomes those with an interest in anthropomorphics, however the staff reserves the right to deny or revoke the membership of any http://www.motorcityfurrycon.org/registration
individual at any time for any reason. The removal of an attendee’s membership status and convention privileges will most likely be enacted if that attendee’s actions or behavior is found to be disruptive to the safety or enjoyment of other attendees, inhibits or interferes with convention operations or with the activities of staff of the hotel or staff of Motor City Furry Con. Additionally if MCFC feels that a person intends to attend our event solely for the purpose of disrupting the convention, disparaging its membership or otherwise interfering with the operations of the convention we reserve the right to refuse membership.
Upon accepting membership to any Motor City Furry Con event, the member agrees to hold harmless Motor City Furry Con and its staff from any legal action resulting from personal injury or property damage or loss due to the actions of any individual within the event or otherwise, including members of the Motor City Furry Con staff. Motor City Furry Con holds the right to alter this code of conduct at any time with or without notice.
Membership to MCFC events may be purchased online (http://www.motorcityfurrycon.org/registration
) during the designated preregistration period, or at the registration desk upon arrival at the site. To gain membership, government issued photo identification must be shown on site and a formal agreement to adhere to the standards of conduct must be signed. Every member will receive a membership badge. This badge must be kept with the member and be openly visible at all times while within the convention area. Any member who is not able to display their membership badge if requested by staff may be denied entry to convention events or asked to leave the convention space until they can return with a valid membership badge. Motor City Furry Con reserves the right to refuse membership to anyone based on our own discretion. “Minors” are defined as any individual 17 years of age or under. Registration to minors is not available during the online pre-registration period, and is not available during on-site registration. Minors may not attend MCFC events. Motor City Furry Con cannot be held accountable for minors who gain membership through forgery or other disingenuous methods. Any attendee found to have falsified documents in order to gain access to the convention will have their membership revoked, access to convention space removed, will not be allowed to attend future conventions, and will be referred to local law enforcement authorities. Anyone discovered to have forged a membership card or to be using another member’s card under false pretenses will be asked to leave the event and be referred to local police under a complaint of trespassing. In addition, any member discovered allowing others to “borrow” their membership card will have their membership immediately revoked and will be asked to leave the event.
The Convention Area
The “convention area” is defined as the entirety of the Detroit Novi Sheraton, with the exception of guest rooms. The standards of conduct should not only be adhered to within the convention space but also in areas viewable from the convention space.
All public areas within the convention space are to be considered to have a “PG-13″ rating. When in the convention area, hotel lobby or restaurants, shirts, footwear and pants or shorts must be worn unless the attendee is utilizing the pool/spa area. At no time should any attendee wear clothing that is overly revealing, or for blatant sexual or fetish purposes in the convention area. Any attendee discovered wearing clothing that is inappropriate or disruptive to the atmosphere of the convention may be asked to return to their room to re-attire themselves or may lose convention privileges. “Fursuits” are considered acceptable attire, providing that the design thereof falls within a “PG-13″ rating. Any costume design that cannot be considered acceptable to a general audience and cannot be made publicly appropriate with clothing must not be worn in the convention area. While we encourage the presence of costumers, Michigan state law prohibits the sale of alcohol to anyone who cannot be identified. This will pertain to any alcohol purchased at the hotel bar as well as access to alcohol in the sponsor suite, where face-covering masks must be removed during any alcohol-related transactions. Public displays of affection must be limited to friendly contact. Overly sexual public behavior
will not be allowed.
While within the convention area, all members will be expected to conduct themselves in a mature fashion. Revocation of membership may be incurred for any individual(s) who, by their
actions, become disruptive to the atmosphere of the convention or its members. Fighting, rough-housing, vandalism of the hotel or convention property, and threatening or abusive language in convention space may be considered disorderly conduct. No objects may be thrown while in the convention area. Likewise, toys which shoot projectiles (including silly string) will not be allowed. Sleeping in the convention area will not be allowed. Attendees found sleeping in the lobby may be awakened by staff and/or asked to retire to their room. Please dispose of waste in the proper receptacles. Litter should not be left on tables used for convention activities nor left on the floor, and drink containers should be emptied and discarded. Attendees are asked not to congregate in front of the elevators, except with the purpose of taking an elevator, or to block the hallways. Please keep in mind that there are many attendees who
need to get around the hotel, and that they should not be obstructed.
Motor City Furry Con takes harassment very seriously, be it from other members or from individuals not associated with the convention. If you feel you are being harassed, please tell a
member of the staff. Threats, stalking, deliberate intimidation, demeaning insults or unwelcome physical contact all constitute as harassment. Remember: No means no and stop means stop. If you are told to stop in response to any contact with another individual, you are to immediately end your contact with that person. Every report of harassment made to the MCFC staff will be investigated and dealt with on an individual basis.
No functional weapons will be allowed at Motor City Furry Con. This includes firearms, bladed weapons of any kind, flailing weapons, pepper spray, explosive devices or any object designed
to inflict harm. Any individual who is discovered carrying a weapon in the convention area will be ejected from the convention and referred to local authorities. This is the policy of Motor City Furry Con and supersedes any legally issued weapons carry permit. Weapon replicas may only be carried if they are part of a performance or costume at the convention. Such replicas must be presented to and approved by the security staff.
The Detroit Novi Sheraton is a non-smoking hotel. Smoking is permitted outside. If you are a smoker, please be respectful of our non-smoking guests and maintain a distance of at least 50
feet from any hotel entrance when smoking outside.
Although vaping is not smoking, we politely ask that all those who use E-Cigs do so only in the smoking area. This is a policy of the Sheraton Novi and we ask that you follow this policy. Vaping is only allowed in the outdoor smoking areas.
The sale, purchase or use of any controlled substance is absolutely forbidden at Motor City Furry Con. Any individual discovered selling, buying or using illegal drugs in any part of the hotel or associated parking lot will immediately have their membership revoked and will be reported to drug enforcement authorities without exception.
Motor City Furry Con asks that while at the convention, alcohol should be used responsibly and in moderation. Alcohol beverages can be found for sale in the bar area of the atrium and in the restaurants. They will also be available for our sponsors in the sponsor lounge without charge. Additional rules may apply for alcohol in the Sponsor’s Lounge and will be posted.
No open containers of alcohol will be allowed in the convention area, with the exception of the sponsor lounge. In the case of the bar within the convention area, no beverages containing
alcohol may be carried away from the immediate bar area.Drink responsibly. Any individual who is discovered being disruptive or belligerent due to inebriation may be escorted to their hotel room. Repeat offenders may have their membership revoked. The legal drinking age in the state of Michigan is 21 years old. It is a felony in this state to
supply anyone under this age with alcohol. If an individual has been found supplying minors with alcohol, their membership will immediately be revoked and they will be reported to the
local police. Likewise, any minor who is found drinking or can be reasonably suspected of being intoxicated will lose their membership and be turned into police custody.
Remember to be courteous of other guests staying in the convention hotel, both those with the convention and those who are not. All attendees are asked to keep noise to reasonable levels in the hallways which are not part of convention space (hallways containing guest rooms), especially during night time hours where people may be trying to sleep. Boom boxes, sound
systems, and musical instruments must not be played in the lobby areas or hallways of the convention, with the exception of those played by participants in the fursuit parade.
We recommend that personal items not be left in convention space unattended. Motor City Furry Con and its staff are not responsible for any items lost or stolen. Items found by our staff are turned in to Operations where Lost and Found is kept. If an item is believed lost it may be retrieved there, or for up to two months following the event. Items will not be kept for the next year. Motor City Furry Con will do its best to facilitate the return of any items returned to the lost and found after the convention at the attendee’s expense.
Other than legal service animals, no pets will be allowed in the convention area. Please refer to hotel policy for information about pets in guest rooms.
Media and Use of Video
MCFC’s attendees get together each year purely to have fun. The organizers understand that large gatherings of furries may seem an unusual sight to many and thus are often targets of the attention of the media. Some reports in the past have been less than accurate or appropriate and have caused many of our attendees to shy away from the media spotlight. The presence of media, thus, detracts from the ability of our attendees to relax and enjoy the convention. Motor City Furry Con Inc. respects the privacy of its membership and staff. As such for the duration of our event (April 11th 2014 through April 13th 2014) the event space of the Sheraton Detroit Novi is a no media zone. Unless written authorization is provided by Motor City Furry Con Inc. in advance of April 1st 2014 no one acting in a press or media capacity will be permitted to film, record audio, or take account of in any fashion any event taking place at Motor City Furry Con 2014. As pursuant to our terms of service no person with a convention membership may act in a press or media capacity while on the premises of the Sheraton Detroit Novi during the course of our event. Any person found to be violating our media policy will be ejected from the premises without refund if applicable. No exceptions will be made to this
Any convention attendee that knowingly violates this policy or who attempts to facilitate access or entry to the convention proper will be prevented from returning to Motor City Furry Con in subsequent years. Access may include but is not limited to: onsite interviews in private hotel rooms, providing footage or pictures taken at the event, recording the event with the express intention of providing it to a third party for use in the media. Photographs and video are permitted for personal use. Motor City Furry Con makes no implied license for the use of its trade name or logo in any media without express written consent of Motor City Furry Con Inc.