Membership to MCFC events may be purchased online (http://www.motorcityfurrycon.com/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 member 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.
All membership purchases are non refundable and non transferrable.
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, shirts, footwear and pants or shorts must be worn unless the member is utilizing the pool/spa area. At no time should any member wear clothing that is overly revealing, or for blatant sexual or fetish purposes in the convention area. Any member discovered wearing clothing that is inappropriate or disruptive to the atmosphere of the convention or hotel 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.
If Operations deems a member's apparel disruptive to the convention, its members, or the hotel, the member may be asked to change prior to returning to the convention area.
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.
Prohibited conduct may include, but is not limited the following:
Any member caught performing any illegal activity that violates State and Federal laws will be subject to having his/her membership revoked and turned into the proper authorities.
Any member caught tampering with MCFC computer hardware or attempting to interfere with wireless communications, such as wireless network, cellular communication, or radio communication, will be subject to have his/her membership revoked and banned from future events. The individual/group will also be turned in to the proper authorities for his/her activity.
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, we ask that you report incidents of harassment to members of MCFC Staff or to Security as soon as possible.
The following actions considered to be harassment may include, but are not limited to, the following:
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 will be investigated and dealt with by the convention on an individual basis. As with all disciplinary action, steps taken in response to these reports may or may not be reported to the reporting attendees but will be logged internally.
No functional weapons will be allowed at Motor City Furry Con.
This includes, but is not limited to:
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 non functional and presented to and approved by the security staff. Weapon replicas that have been approved for performance or costume use, are not permitted for use to scare another member.
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 or purchase of any controlled substance is absolutely forbidden at Motor City Furry Con. All members using a controlled substance must have a proper permit or prescription. Any individual discovered selling, buying or using illegal drugs in any part of the convention space or public areas surrounding the convention space 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 member under the legal drinking age 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 members 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 hotel, 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 or presented to 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. All items that are claimed from the lost and found after the convention will be returned to the member at the member's expense.
Other than legal service animals, pets will be allowed in the convention area only on a case by case basis. Please refer to hotel policy for information about pets allowed on hotel property.
MCFC's members 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 members to shy away from the media spotlight. The presence of media, thus, detracts from the ability of our members 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 8th 2016 through April 10th 2016) the event space of the Sheraton Detroit Novi is a no media zone, unless written authorization is provided by Motor City Furry Con Inc. 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 2016 without a preapproved press pass. Press passes may be obtained up to one month prior to the event by applying at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, without a preapproved press pass. 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 policy.
Motor City Furry Convention Inc is a private social club. Anyone found violating the right to privacy of its members may be asked to leave.
Any convention member that knowingly violates this policy or who attempts to facilitate access or entry to the convention property 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.