Code of Conduct

This page is current for FC2017.

The goal of Further Confusion is to enable our attendees to have the best time possible. While our attendee demographic generally consists of young adults and older, FurCon is an all-ages event. If you are not eighteen years of age or older (or fail to provide a photo ID with your birthdate at registration), your badge will be marked as a minor, and you will only be allowed admittance to general-audience programming. Please be prepared to show your badge at any time you need access to convention space or events—it identifies you as a fully-paid attendee of the convention. Further Confusion strives to maintain professionalism at all times.

We hope that each attendee enjoys the fun that our wide-ranging community can provide. Please consider how your actions reflect on the convention and how they may impact or affect others. We take pride in our appearance and we want you to as well, while still having fun. To this effect, if the convention becomes aware of any of our attendees engaging in illegal activities, either in convention space or in private hotel rooms, we will be forced to inform the proper authorities. Keep in mind that there are always other guests of the hotels and convention center, especially on the first floor and lobby areas. Offending the hotels’ other guests is inappropriate; impressing them with how much fun and enthusiasm we have for our fandom is appropriate. What you consider to be acceptable behavior may not be so for others. Consideration of others is the hallmark of a mature individual and a healthy fandom, and we encourage that courtesy from all participants in our community.

Matters of safety for convention attendees and volunteers are generally handled by FLARE. FLARE can be contacted through Convention Operations, at the FLARE base, or by asking any convention volunteer. FLARE may ask you to stop an activity or to move it to a private room. Repeat offenders may be required to return their badges and to leave the convention premises. For your safety, we ask that all attendees promptly comply with requests made by FLARE. If you feel that FLARE has made an unfair request, or has not been fair, you may bring this up at a later time with the convention chair or vice-chair.

Costumes, Clothing, and Behavior
Costumes of all designs and materials are welcome, provided that they are displayed in a manner appropriate for all ages. Collars, leashes and sled-dog like harnesses may be worn either with costumes or discreetly with your normal street clothing; overt and blatant displays of bondage/BDSM may result in FLARE asking you to leave public convention space or return your badge. As a rule, a minimum of a non-thong bathing suit must be worn at all times in public areas. “Anatomically correct” costumes must be likewise appropriately clothed in public areas.

No costume is no costume: We ask you to wear at least a shirt, shorts, and shoes in public areas of the hotel and convention center. Public exposure of genitalia, buttocks or (female) breasts is not permitted. Attendees wearing bodypaint, spikes, or other hazards should be careful not to damage venue furniture. Please do not use the lobbies of our hotels nor the convention center concourse/parking to decorate other attendees with makeup, liquid latex, or special effects appliances—please retire to a private hotel room instead.

Use common sense in public areas. If you have to ask or think twice about doing it in public, take it to your room. For example, kissing and holding hands, regardless of sexual orientation, are fine. Groping, tongue battles, and nudity, regardless of sexual orientation, are not.

In case of any dispute, FC Executive Staff has final say over what constitutes appropriate attire and behavior in convention space and events.

Harassment and Assault

“No” means no. “Stop” means stop. “Go away” means go away.

If someone won’t understand these simple rules, please contact FLARE. Harassment is any behavior that intentionally annoys or alarms another person. Unintentional or misinterpreted behaviors may also cause feelings of harassment. This includes unwanted physical or verbal contact, following someone in a public area without a legitimate reason, or threatening physical violence. Offenders may lose their badges and the matter may be referred to the proper law enforcement authorities. If you are being harassed, we strongly encourage you to immediately contact FLARE through a nearby convention volunteer or by calling or texting their number on the back of your registration badge.

Additionally, the act of wearing a costume or fursuit does not grant license for anybody to make inappropriate or suggestive comments, gestures, or unwanted physical contact with costumed attendees. Further Confusion is proud to play host to a wide variety of costuming, including but not limited to: mascot-style fursuits, video game and pop culture cosplay, fantasy/sci-fi genre cosplay, etc., and we wish to provide a positive and safe environment for costumers to enjoy.

Buying and Selling

Further Confusion has two main areas where merchandise and services are sold: the Dealer’s Room and the Furry Marketplace. Anyone who receives payment for goods or services (such as body painting, massage, etc.) in convention space must comply with all convention rules regarding this. The Dealer’s Room Rules apply in this situation, regardless of the location, and vendors must ensure they have proper California Sales Tax IDs. If anyone wishes to request payment for goods or services and to donate the proceeds to the convention charity, Further Confusion must be informed of this ahead of time to allow for the convention to organize the correct tax reporting. Further Confusion takes its legal obligations very seriously in this area. Any solicitation for payment at the convention that does not comply with these obligations may result in the offender losing their badge and being required to return all payments.

Parties, Alcohol, & Zero Drug Tolerance

Further Confusion does not tolerate serving of alcohol to minors. If you are hosting a party where alcohol is being served, it is your responsibility as host to ensure that the age of anyone drinking alcohol is checked. You should also designate someone not to drink, so that there is a fully competent person present to deal with any emergencies that might arise. Further Confusion does not tolerate the use of illegal substances. The violation of the above rules could subject you to the immediate loss of your badge and convention privileges and referral of the matter to other authorities.

Water Pistols, Silly String, & Weapons

Due to the potential damage to property, water guns, silly string and the like are prohibited in public areas of the hotels or convention space. If it looks like a real gun in any way, shape, or form, it should not be brought to the convention. The State of California has recently instituted new state laws regarding replica weapons. There should be no “live” steel or whips being wielded in any area of the convention. If a bladed weapon or whip is part of your costume, please have it peace-bonded. This can be done at the FLARE Base at any time. If you kill it, you have to eat it!

Photography and Video

Further Confusion wants you to have great memories from a fantastic convention. Photographs and videotape footage by attendees are generally allowed in all common areas of the convention with the exception of the Art Show. Specific rules regarding these matters may exist for selected events. Please consult the program guide at the convention for information relating to specific events.

When photographing or videotaping individuals or costumes, please use common courtesy and ask before photographing them. Please respect their rights if they do not wish to be photographed or videotaped. If someone asks or otherwise indicates (remember, many folks in costume do not speak) that they do not wish to be photographed, do not photograph them!

Photography or videography for the purpose of sale or publication to the press is expressly forbidden unless written permission has been obtained from AAE, Inc. in accordance with its press policy. Individuals may take pictures and videotapes for private viewing or sharing with friends. We ask our attendees to be courteous to those they wish to take pictures of, especially if you wish to place those pictures or video clips onto any internet archive. In this case, please ask your subjects for their explicit permission to do this.

Attendees should be aware that footage gathered by volunteers in public areas of the convention, including events and panels, may be used in a highlights reel and that attendees may appear in the video without compensation. Consult the pocket program for specific video, audio, and photography restrictions for specific events. Further Confusion will require a release only for footage that is obtained in areas that are not fully public (i.e., private functions and personal interviews). These rules apply to all attendees (dealers, guests, or any level of regular membership). All members of the press and volunteers will conform to Further Confusion’s press policy and we encourage attendees to become familiar with those rules as well.

If You Need Assistance

During operating hours, Further Confusion’s Convention Operations center will help get you connected to the assistance that you need. The back of your registration badge has phone numbers for Con Ops and FLARE, which you may call at any time during the convention if you need assistance. Remember, we cannot address a problem unless we know about it. For less urgent matters, messages may be left with Convention Operations to be forwarded to volunteers. As with all messages left with Con Ops, please remember to give details of how, when, and where the recipient can contact you.

Further Confusion has a large volunteer staff to handle most aspects of the running of the convention. This allows the Chair and Vice Chair to remain available to talk about any comments or concerns that our attendees bring to them. If you see them around the corridors, feel free to speak to them—even if they appear harried—ensuring our attendees have a good time is one of their primary roles! If you need to contact the convention Chair or Vice-Chair at any other time, you can do this by leaving a message for them at Convention Operations.

Have a Fun and Safe Con!

If you have questions or comments regarding Further Confusion policies, please send an email to info@furtherconfusion.org.