FA United Code of Conduct
The staff at FAU hopes that everyone who comes has a fun, safe, and enjoyable weekend. To ensure a good time for everyone there are some rules we expect our attendees to follow. This document attempts to specify many of those rules.
Rule number one: Treat everyone with respect and kindness.
If there is any doubt about the rules in this document, apply that rule. If there is still a question or disagreement, convention staff reserves the right to change or clarify these rules at any time, and any such decision will be final. Members are expected to abide by these rules at all times during the convention.
Convention space is to be kept a family friendly at all times. Deliberate destruction or theft of convention, hotel, or attendee property, fighting, or lewd/sexual behavior within convention space will result in your convention membership being revoked. It may also result in involvement from hotel security and/or local authorities. Threats, stalking, harassment, or persistently rude behavior may result in your membership being revoked.
Be considerate of those around you (especially those not who are not in attendance of the convention). Do not block doorways, hallways, stairways, elevators, or the hotel lobby.
Please do not allow more people into an elevator than will comfortably fit and always observe the posted limits. Please give preference to disabled persons, fursuiters, and hotel guests who are not attending the convention.
Sleeping in public areas is not permitted. If you find yourself falling asleep or dozing we encourage you to return to your room.
We encourage attendees to follow the "6-2-1" rule. Every day, get at least six (6) hours of sleep, two (2) complete meals , and one (1) shower. If an attendee with disruptive scent is brought to staff's attention we may ask said attendee to take steps to reduce any odor(s).
Dress & Appearance
Shirts, pants (including shorts, skirts, kilts), and appropriate footwear are to be worn at all times on hotel property. Appropriate swimwear must be worn when entering the pool. Nudity (including simulated nudity), diapers, skin tight rubber/latex/spandex, underwear, and explicitly revealing clothing are not to be displayed in public areas. Clothing or accessories which display offensive artwork, phrases, or bearing symbols of hatred, or likenesses similar to, are not permitted in the convention area. Attendees wearing such clothing will be asked to leave convention space.
Fursuits are permitted in all areas of the hotel with exceptions for the restaurant, pool, and gym.
A minor is any person who, on their first day attending the convention, will be under 18 years of age. Attending minors who are unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian must provide us with a notarized copy of our Parental Consent form before picking up their badge. No refunds will be given to pre-registered attendees who are missing this form. No exceptions to this policy will be made.
Virginia prohibits smoking except in designated areas of the hotel. Smoking/vaping is not permitted in convention space. Hotel policies apply to sleeping rooms. When smoking outdoors, please properly dispose of your cigarette butts.
Alcohol & Drug Usage
Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated at any time in the convention space or on hotel property. Anyone found to be possessing, using, or distributing illegal drugs will be reported to local authorities and banned from the convention. This includes prescription medications which were not prescribed to the person using them.
Adults of legal drinking age (21+) may only consume alcohol only in private rooms, in the restaurant, bar, or lounge areas of the hotel, or in areas where the hotel or the convention are providing drinks for immediate consumption. Anyone noticeably under the influence of alcohol or other drug may be asked to remove themselves from public areas of the hotel.
Anyone knowingly or unknowingly serving alcohol to a person under the age of 21 is committing a felony crime. If convention staff becomes aware of this happening they are obligated to report it to local authorities, and the person serving the alcohol will be banned from the convention. For your own safety, ensure that no minors are present if you are serving alcohol in your room.
Prop/Replica Weapon Policy
Real weapons and projectiles are prohibited. Any item used in a dangerous or threatening manner, regardless of the item's common use, may be considered a weapon. Convention staff reserve the right to determine what is and is not a weapon.
Examples of acceptable costume props: Air-filled, foam, or soft plastic melee weapons (swords, daggers, maces, clubs, etc.) and wooden staves.
Signs, Flyers, & Advertisements
Signs, flyers, and announcements are only to be posted on the official convention message boards unless they have been pre-approved by staff. Any other signs posted will be removed, especially those blocking any hotel signage. Signs posted on doors to private rooms are allowed, but must not damage the surface they are attached to when removed (using 3M blue painters tape), and must not contain offensive language or images.
Filming & Photography
Still images of the convention and its attendees may be used only for personal, noncommercial purposes. Please do not take photographs of anyone who does not wish to be photographed. Audio or video recording of the convention or its attendees without express written permission from the convention staff is prohibited. Images or recordings of the convention and its attendees may not be broadcast or published without express written permission from the convention staff.
Attendees agree to allow their images, as taken by official convention photographers, to be used without compensation by the convention for promotional purposes. Filming or photography used for commercial use is prohibited without prior consent of the convention's directors.
Release of Liability
The convention and its representatives are not responsible for loss of or damage to attendees' personal property, nor is the hotel or its staff responsible for the same.
Neither the convention nor the hotel nor their representatives shall be held responsible for any personal injury which occurs on the premises. If any attendee, staff member, hotel guest, or any other person on the premises is injured badly enough to require emergency care, please alert convention staff or security, but call 911 first! If the injury is not life-threatening, please contact a member of our Staff or Security.
The convention cannot and will not be held responsible for any action or events taking place in private sleeping rooms. The person to whom the room is rented will be held responsible for all activities and any damages. If our staff becomes aware of any illegal activity taking place in a private sleeping room we are obligated to report this to the authorities.
Lost & Found
Any unattended items found at the convention may be turned in at the Con Ops room, at the registration desk, or to any member of security. Convention staff will hold any items turned in until they are claimed by their owner. If the item is not claimed during the convention a notice will be posted to the convention website. Any items not claimed within ninety (90) days of this point will become the convention's property, and may be disposed of.
Convention staff may examine the contents of items left in the Lost and Found in order to determine their owner. This includes notebooks, sketchbooks, backpacks, wallets, purses, cell phones, laptops, tablets and any other device which may contain clues to the owner's identity. If you do not want convention staff examining your property you are encouraged not to lose it.