Code of Conduct
Please use common sense and respect other peoples' right to enjoy the event. Remember that any activity which is illegal by municipal, county, state, or federal statute, law, or regulation outside the event is illegal during the event. Event staff will ask you to stop any observed illegal activity. If the illegal activity continues or is particularly dangerous or offensive, event staff will report this activity to hotel security and other proper authorities. While in public or in convention spaces, attendees are expected to maintain a "PG-13" standard of conduct. Repeat offenders may have their membership suspended or even revoked. Please also note that the event staff retains the right to deny entry to anyone and that you can be asked to leave at any time without a warning.
Furlandia ensures that each member gets both a lanyard and at least one type of membership badge. Your proof of membership is defined as your current year badge issued to you by the convention, and must be clearly visibly displayed at all times during our event. Event staff can request to see proof of membership at any time. Event staff may deny you access to events or event space if you do not have proof of membership. All Furlandia-issued badges remain the property of RAIn for the duration of the convention and must be surrendered upon request.
As previously mentioned, all attendees (in and out of costume) are required to have their con badge clearly visible at all times while in event space. The event badge must not be obscured by custom badges, and must remain outward facing so the name is visible. Occasionally the hotel staff will ask for costumers to "lift your head" when ordering food, requesting services or communicating with hotel staff. The hotel policy regarding costumes is no head coverings, so the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel is being very generous by allowing costumers, fursuiters and others. Please be courteous when interacting with hotel staff and do as they request. If you have a conflict with a hotel staff member, please remove yourself from the situation and seek a Furlandia staff member for assistance. DO NOT antagonize the hotel staff—they are our friends and allies.
As per our policy, the staff has decided not to allow ANY media coverage at the event without PRIOR approval. Attendees purchasing a membership agree not to act as media agents in any way, shape, or form while attending our event. Making photographic, audio, or video recordings of any convention event for investigative or commercial purposes is strictly forbidden.
As a convention attendee, you are a guest of the hotel and must abide by the hotel's rules and policies whenever you are on the premises. If you are unsure if something is allowed, Hotel Front Desk will be able to assist you. This is NOT a case of "it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission". If you are expelled from the hotel for violation of their rules, you immediately forfeit your event membership and must surrender your badge, and there will be no refund. You are personally responsible for any damage you or your minor children cause to hotel property, as well as any pets you bring or guests you have in your room. The event space and public spaces of the hotel may not be used as sleeping areas.
Hotel dress code is that all visitors to the hotel in common areas (e.g. lobby and hotel corridors) must be covered from shoulders to thighs. The swimming pool area is the only exception to this rule. Violations of this policy will result in no access to the event space. If you aren't sure about your dress, please ask a staff member for guidance.
Further to these guidelines, attire that is typically used in adult-only settings, such as harnesses or pony tack not worn over a fursuit or clothing satisfying the dress code; pup masks; latex or spandex suits; or any attire that emphasizes or suggests the swimsuit-area body parts is only permitted in the adult programming area after the minor curfew, and in the adult-hours dance after the minor curfew.
Hotel policy is shoes are required while in common areas (e.g. lobby, ground floor corridors). No shoes, no service—no access to the event space.
Harassment and Assault
Harassment is defined as any behavior that alarms or intentionally annoys another person. This includes making any unwanted physical contact, following someone around a public area without a legitimate reason, or threatening to physically attack someone. Please remember that if you approach someone and they tell you "no" or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. If you do not leave them alone as they have requested, your actions may be grounds for a complaint of harassment. If you feel that you are being harassed, or you have been assaulted, please report the matter immediately to event staff. This is also the place to note that COSTUME IS NOT CONSENT. Even if someone is dressed in an alluring or provocative manner, it is NOT an implied invitation to touch, grab, or make inappropriate or unwelcome comments.
Bladed weapons (such as daggers or swords) and toy firearms are acceptable provided they have been peace-bonded such that they clearly cannot be drawn. All peace-bonding should be done in Ops to make sure they are performed correctly. Toy firearms need to have an orange tip on the barrel if they are even remotely realistic-looking. Water guns, Silly String-type products, and projectile weapons of any kind are NOT acceptable due to the potential for damage to costumes, hotel property, etc. "If it is drawn, you're gone". Any drawing, displaying, brandishing, or making any threatening gesture with any weapon or firearm, both real and replica, shall be cause for immediate expulsion from the event. The only exception to this shall be at a prearranged demonstration or event with the permission of the event coordinators, or when posing for pictures (please use your best judgment).
Minors under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a paid member who is a parent, legal guardian, or an adult designated as responsible for them by their parent or guardian at all times. For minors from age of 13 to 17, there must be a responsible adult on site and able to be contacted at all times. All minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver, available here.
All attendees under the age of 18 MUST be out of the St. Helens area by 9:00 PM. Curfew for minors in the other areas of the event space is midnight.
Violations and Appeals
Violations of these policies will be handled by event staff as deemed appropriate by staff. Violators will be asked to cease and desist. Violators may have their membership suspended, revoked, or up to a 390 day ban placed. Two members of the executive committee (one of whom must be the Convention Chair or Vice-Chair) are required in order to revoke a membership. Membership revocations are final, however a ban may be appealed to the RAIn Board of Directors. Decisions made by the majority of Board of Directors are final.