Preparation and Procedure

Rules and Procedure

As the weekend of the conference draws near, it is important to do some solid background research on your assigned positions before taking the stand! To be fair to all of the delegates participating in your committee, it is required of all delegates that they are familiar with their positions, and have a written positions paper submitted to their chairs before the first committee session begins. Being well prepared and knowledgeable is just as important as your debate skills at a Model UN conference. Although you are not expected to show all of your research to your chair, it may be useful to write some information down and bring it with you for reference during the conference.

The Rules & Procedures guide is now available!

Position Paper Guidelines

BUSUN expects that delegates prepare for the conference by submitting a short positions paper to their committee chairs to demonstrate their preparatory research to the dias. To ensure high quality debate, we hope that all of our delegates will come to conference with familiarity with their topics and an understanding of their block positions!

To help you craft a top-notch positions paper, here are a few guidelines:

General Guidelines

  • Position papers should be 2-3 pages in length, written in Times New Roman typeset at 12 point size, double spaced, with 1 inch margins.
  • Please email your positions papers to your committee email. If you are unsure of your committee email address, please look at our committees page and click on the email hyperlink.
  • Position paper should be submitted in .DOC, .DOCX, or .PDF format. Files should be titled in the following format: School_LastName_Position (e.g. "BrownHS_Smith_DISEC.pdf").
  • Citations and works referenced should be formatted in Chicago or MLA style. Please cite all works you consult in your research. BUSUN takes plagiarism seriously - plagiarism may result in disqualification of a delegation from our awards process, and your delegation may not be invited to BUSUN in the future.
  • Position papers should contain: a summary of your positions's past actions; the current policies of your positions; potential solutions; and potential collaborators with whom your positions would be interested in working with.
  • Please write on all the topics assigned to your committee - this may not hold for all specialized or crisis committees, consult your background guide for more information.

Tips & Tricks

  • Read the background guide thoroughly and make sure you have a firm grasp of the topics and/or questions to consider. These are going to be the issues upon which your discussions in committee will be centered.
  • Check out some of the links, books, and articles that your chair used for the background guide. They likely have more information on the committee and topic(s) that is not included in background guide.
  • For historical committees, doing a Google Books search of your positions could uncover helpful sources. If possible, visit your local or school library to find additional sources.
  • It could be helpful to ask the librarian if you have access to online databases, such as JSTOR or EBSCOHost, in order to access articles published in academic journals. That being said, research to this degree may not be necessary.
  • If there is a particular article in the background guide you are interested in that you can't get access to please email your chair. They might be able to help.
  • If possible, spend some time researching other positions in your committee (or in connected committees, in the case of joint crisis committees). This may allow you to take the initiative in forming an alliance with another delegate, because you already know how your views align and how you may be able to help each other.
  • Although there may be a wealth of information on the topic available to you, focus on explaining the ideas and solutions you will bring to the issues at hand. Your chairs are primarily interested in the innovative ways in which you will be approaching committee.
  • Contact your chair with any questions! They have been preparing all year for this conference and are knowledgeable about their topics. While emailing them is not a substitute for doing your research, they should be able to answer questions that may arise while you prepare for the conference. Their contact information can be found on the Committees page of the BUSUN website.