Anthro New England Code of Conduct

Last revised June 2, 2016

Introduction

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 Anthro New England's relationship with its guests, its venues or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in permanent suspension of membership.

Opening Statement

Anthro New England wishes for all 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. Anthro New England 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. Anthro New England, 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.

Any person who accepts a membership badge agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Anthro New England, Inc. from any claim for personal injuries or other damages or equity arising out of any individual's activities at Anthro New England, even if such injury or damage is caused by negligence by or on the part of Anthro New England, Inc.

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

Public Decorum

 

Convention Rating

All common areas and 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 Anthro New England Security staff.

Wear

Attendees (in suit and out of suit), 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-Anthro New England 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. Fetish related accessories, including underwear, are not permitted.  Certain accoutrements such as leashes may be included as part of a costume at the discretion of the Anthro New England staff. For safety reasons, fursuits are not permitted in the hotel swimming pool or dining areas.

Full-body and partial fursuits are allowed to wear torso harnesses, provided that it worn as an accessory and is convention-rating appropriate. This rule is enforced at the discretion of Anthro New England Security Staff.

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.

Props

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 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 space.

At the request of the management, lighter-than-air balloons may not be brought into the convention space or hotel.

R/C Aircraft of any type are prohibited.

Portable speakers, musical instruments, and other sound generating items may be utilized for approved panels. They are also permitted in The Zoo and guest rooms, at a reasonable volume. However, they must not cause a disturbance to guests. Use of these items is prohibited in all other convention spaces, hallways, balconies, and all public spaces.

Other Decorum Policies

No sleeping in the lobby, the hallways, the meeting rooms, common space, or convention space.

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

Anthro New England 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 Anthro New England to attend or enter the Convention's property will result in permanent revocation of Anthro New England membership privileges.

Media Relations

Press Entry

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

Use of Likeness

Anthro New England 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 Anthro New England for the use of promotional material such as the highlights videos.

Brand

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

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.

Attempting to subvert area age restrictions, including but not limited to, the use of another attendee's badge will result in suspension from the convention.

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

Security & Well-Being

Incident Response

Coordination will be executed only by non-attending emergency responders

In the event of an incident, Anthro New England team members and Hyatt employees will usher attendees to a safe area. Do not restrict access to any areas and do not issue orders unless you are directly affiliated with either Anthro New England management or the Hyatt. Explicit orders and guidance should only come from Hyatt employees, police officers, fire marshals, and other emergency responders who are not currently attending Anthro New England. If you are found to be in violation of this rule, you may be permanently dismissed from the convention.

Once all attendees have been ushered to a safe area, please remain calm and wait patiently for an official statement from either Hyatt management, or an Anthro New England director.

Weapons

No actual weapons or any item that can be easily mistaken for one may be carried either openly or concealed at any time on Hyatt Regency or on Convention Center property, regardless of any government permits which you may possess. 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  approved in advance by the Safety Security Coordinator. They must be cased or otherwise secured when being carried outside of costume

Smoking

Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, is not permitted in any area within the Hyatt Regency or the convention center. 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.

Drugs

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

Pet Policy

Anthro New England 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 Gatherings

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. Trash bags are provided by the hotel upon request.

Other Hotel Matters

Room Share Limit

Attendees of Anthro New England who have booked a room at the Main Hotel may not have more than 4 guests (including themselves) sleep in a room.

Damage

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 Anthro New England 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 Anthro New England membership privileges.

Do not affix anything to the walls of any hotel or Convention Center, to the elevators, to Anthro New England signage, or to hotel room doors.

Tidiness

Hyatt Regency housekeeping staff are required by 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.

All the Pillows

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.

Harassment Policy

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.

Anthro New England 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.

Money Matters

Nonprofit Type

501(c)7

Payments not tax deductible

Payments

VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

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 Anthro New England may result in permanent revocation of membership privileges and possible legal action.

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

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

Anthro New England 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.

Merchandise

The offering for sale of any merchandise at the convention may be undertaken only in appropriate areas 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.

Miscellaneous Notes

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

Special Thanks

This Code of Conduct has been generously provided by our friends at Anthrocon, who have allowed us to use, modify, and post the Code of Conduct to suit the needs of Anthro New England. Thank you!