We are a large, diverse group of people and although we all may not agree on the same things or share the same opinions, a certain level of respect must be given to one another. These rules and guidelines are put in place with the intentions to help everyone feel comfortable and welcomed and not to single any person or group of individuals out. It is unbiased of personal beliefs, political affiliations, culture, race, etc. Each individual will be judged by their own words and actions equally here.
Individuals and Conduct Covered:
These policies apply to all participants of KCFur, whether related to conduct engaged in by fellow participants and staff or by someone not directly connected to KCFur (e.g., an outside vendor; venue owner, their staff, or their patrons; or passersby). While we may not be able to conduct the words and actions of others we may run into at events, every KCFur participant (staff included) shall not return rudeness or any other exchange that would violate KCFur policy in or around KCFur events and spaces. Conduct prohibited by these policies is unacceptable in any of the KCFur group's events, messaging groups and channels, and any other KCFur operated or sponsored event, group, or channel.
KCFur formally owns one Telegram channel and one Telegram group chat; @KCFur and @KCFurChat respectively.
The KCFur channel is where announcements are posted. People may only view messages here and do not have the ability to interact. Announcements are posted regularly. These announcements will include the weekly dinner meet locations and times as well as any other upcoming event; small or major (even yours, with the approval of an admin).
The KCFur group chat is a Safe-For-Work (SFW) chat group for all ages. Safe-For-Work means absolutely no pornographic material is permitted. Foul language and adult themes are also strongly discouraged and monitored. If it's something you wouldn't want your really cool grandma seeing (so to speak), please don't post it. An admin may be notified with the “@admin” command in chat or contacted directly if assistance is needed.
The following are some of the rules and guidelines for the KCFur chat group:
No pornographic material may be posted of any type. This includes (but is not limited to) suggestive themes in any media. As a general rule, if it shows nipples - it's not allowed.
No offensive or hateful comments, imagery, or various other media such as GIFs, SWFs, and audio files/messages will be tolerated at any time. This includes (but is not limited to):
Drugs or other illicit substances
Dead or injured humans and other animals
Taxidermy, pelts, skulls, and real tails from deceased animals (leather crafts may be accepted but please ask before posting)
No pup hoods may be posted (this is fine in your PFP so long as it's not the current one on display)
PFP (or profile pictures) must be in accordance with the rules listed above or you will be asked to change it. This only applies to the current one being displayed
No discussions involving politics or religion will be allowed. You may lightly encourage voter participation at appropriate times, but you may not advocate for or slander any person(s), group(s), or party(s)
Keep firearms and other forms of weaponry discussions and images to a minimum
Do not be intentionally disruptive or cause drama. If there is an issue with another person that needs a moderator, please contact an admin. If this is a small matter, please try to resolve your issue in private between each other before contacting a moderator. For legal matters, please contact your local authorities
Do not test the boundaries of KCFur rules and guidelines for conduct or, in other words, be an “edgelord”
If you're asked to drop a topic, do so immediately. Speak with an admin if there's a problem but do not try and “get the last word” in public chat
Be respectful towards the moderators and all participants in the chat
KCFur reserves the right to eject any person within the KCFur Telegram channel with or without notice for violating any of the following rules or for other reasons that would otherwise cause disruption to the group and/or its staff or participants that are not covered herein.
KCFur hosts several group events throughout the year. All of these events are kid-friendly unless noted otherwise such as in private or rented spaces when alcohol is present. Excessive foul and lewd language and/or gestures (especially at public places such as restaurants and rented event spaces or around minors) could result in disciplinary actions. There are typically four large events, one of which being our main event, the KCFur HOWL. We also host weekly dinner meets and may sponsor a fellow KCFur participant's event as well.
The rules and dress codes may vary depending on the location of the event. KCFur participants will be made aware of these rules before the event and will be expected to adhere to them. Drugs and other illicit substances will not be tolerated at any time in or around KCFur events or spaces.
You may be liable for any damages incurred to KCFur property so please exercise care and respect when handling or partying around KCFur's property and the property of others at KCFur events and event spaces.
Firearms and other weapons are strictly prohibited at all KCFur events and event spaces.
Racist and offensive language or images will not be tolerated. This applies to Raider arm bands as well.
We discourage wearing any overtly mature articles of clothing or accessories to any of our events and this is completely disallowed when and if any minors are present.
In accordance with public safty, we ask that you do not wear fursuits, masks, or anything else that would cover your face to any dinner meet hosted at a public restaurant unless noted otherwise by the host of the event. Furry shirts, wrists bands, and other accessories are acceptable so long as they do not violate any other existing rule, are small or otherwise don't disrupt another person's movement. Wings could be an example of something that would be large and obstructive of other's movements around them.
KCFur asks that you avoid wearing any taxidermy or real fur, such as pelts or tails, to any of our events as this can be hurtful and/or offensive to many of our participants. If you bring and want to show some of these items to others who wish to see them during one of our events, we ask that you leave it in your car.
Some of our events may have alcohol present. In any event or meet where alcohol is present, if you are caught giving alcohol to a minor, you will be ejected from the group and may not be welcomed back at any point in the future. For KCFur provided venues, we utilize a color-coded wrist band and/or badge system when alcohol is present, and these wrist bands and/or badges must remain visible at all times to allow staff to see. For some of our larger events, like HOWL, alcohol will not be allowed until the evening hours. This is to allow any minors to be able to enjoy our events too. Anyone under 18 will be expected to have a ride already setup for them and to leave once alcohol is brought out.
Should you be of legal age and decide to drink, KCFur expects you to drink responsibly. If you throw up due to over drinking, you will be asked to leave. If you can't find a ride to take you home, a hired car will be called for you. Should you not be able to afford a hired car, KCFur will pay your fair but you will not be allowed to attend any future events until KCFur has been reimbursed in full.
KCFur has a strict policy against all types of harassment, including sexual harassment and other forms of harassment based upon an individual’s age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. All forms of harassment of or between participants and staff or towards guests, visitors, and/or passersby are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Sexual harassment is defined as behavior characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a workplace or other professional or social situation.
While it is not possible to identify every act that constitutes or may constitute sexual harassment, the following are some examples of sexual harassment:
Unwelcome requests for sexual favors
Lewd or derogatory comments or jokes
Comments regarding sexual behavior or the body of another
Sexual innuendo and other vocal activity such as catcalls or whistles
Obscene letters, notes, emails, invitations, photographs, cartoons, articles, or other written or pictorial materials of a sexual nature
Repeated requests for dates after being informed that interest is unwelcome
Retaliating against another for refusing a sexual advance or reporting an incident of possible sexual harassment to KCFur or any government agency
Any unwanted physical touching, assaults, or blocking or impeding movements
Other harassment is verbal or physical conduct that insults or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of the individual’s age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.
Again, while it is not possible to list all the circumstances that may constitute other forms of harassment, the following are some examples of conduct that may constitute other forms of harassment:
The use of disparaging or abusive words or phrases, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to the above protected categories
Written or graphic material that insults, stereotypes, or shows aversion or hostility toward an individual or group because of one of the above protected categories and that is placed on KCFur messaging applications, boards, or elsewhere on our premises, a venue we are using, or circulated in the KCFur environment
A display of symbols, slogans, or items that are associated with hate or intolerance toward any select group.
Reporting Discrimination and Harassment
If a KCFur participant feels that they are being subjected to harassment, they may immediately inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and needs to stop. If the inappropriate conduct does not cease, or if the KCFur participant is unable to or uncomfortable with addressing the alleged harasser directly, they should report the incident to a KCFur administrator, moderator, or other KCFur staff member. It is helpful, but not required, to provide a written record of the date, time and nature of the incident(s) and the names of any witnesses.
It is important to report all concerns of harassment or inappropriate sexual conduct to KCFur staff as soon as possible. KCFur staff must be made aware of the situation so that it can conduct an immediate and impartial investigation and take appropriate action to remediate or prevent the prohibited conduct from continuing. In extreme cases, we may request that you take the matter to your local authorities however, if we are unable to establish enough proof or other merits to the nature of your complaint or issue with another participant, this recommendation may not accompany any further action by KCFur staff; such as the removal from the KCFur group chat.
When reporting an incident within the Telegram group chat, a staff member may be notified with the “@admin” command typed into local chat.
KCFur staff members must deal expeditiously and fairly when they have any knowledge of harassment, whether or not there has been a written or formal complaint. They must:
Take all complaints or concerns of alleged or possible harassment seriously no matter how minor or who is involved
Report all incidents to the KCFur Operations Board immediately so that a prompt investigation can occur
Take any appropriate action to prevent retaliation or prohibited conduct from recurring during and after any investigations or complaints
KCFur staff who knowingly allow or tolerate harassment or retaliation, including the failure to immediately report such misconduct to the KCFur Operations Board, are in violation of this policy and subject to discipline.
Any reported allegations of harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be investigated promptly. The investigation may include individual interviews with the parties involved and, where necessary, with individuals who may have observed the alleged conduct or may have other relevant knowledge.
All complaints and investigations are treated confidentially to the extent possible and information is disclosed strictly on a need-to-know basis. The identity of the complainant is usually revealed to the parties involved during the investigation and we will take adequate steps to ensure that the complainant is protected from retaliation during and after the investigation.
KCFur may (but is not required to) offer mediation between its participants concerning matters of conflict. This is not likely going to be a “first incident” response to a particular issue unless KCFur staff feels it is necessary. Again, we encourage you to resolve smaller matters between each other, but any form of harassment should most certainly be reported to KCFur staff immediately.
Misconduct constituting harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other words or actions exchanged in KCFur environments will be dealt with appropriately. Responsive action may include, for example, disciplinary action such as a warning, reprimand, or the temporary or permanent removal from the KCFur Group Chat or KCFur sponsored events, as KCFur staff believes appropriate under the circumstances. In all cases, KCFur staff will follow up as necessary to ensure that no individual is retaliated against for making a complaint or cooperating with an investigation.
The steps in the disciplinary procedure generally go as followed: Telegram:
24 hour ban
One week ban
Unable to attend the next two events
Disallowed from all future events and dinners
KCFur reserves the right to remove or exclude any person from its messaging platforms or events provided it is not in direct conflict with any of the rules and guidelines listed above, remains unbiased, and free from personal opinions that do not concern the immediate reason(s) for the person's removal or disciplinary action and has gone through the appropriate channels of investigation and deliberation.