AWARD POLICY

 

          Recognition in all committees will be determined based on performance and ability.  Cooperation rather than showboating or "hard balling" will be rewarded.  Our chairs will be trained to be aggressively on the lookout for delegates who are out of policy and stopped.   Certificates will be given for commendable and outstanding delegate work.  Gavels will be awarded to the best delegate in all advanced committees.

 

          We also recognize performance by school  We define a large, medium, or small school delegation based on the physical number of delegates brought to our conference.  If for example, Columbus High school, which has a huge MUN program, brings in 70 delegates, it would be designated as a large school.  However, if Columbus brings in only 5 delegates, they would be eligible for the small school delegation award.  We cannot tell you what the cut off for large, middle, or small delegations are until the actual day of the conference!  We will also take into consideration the type of program the school offers.  A club or independent study program would get more consideration than a four-year program for recognition.

 

 

ELECTRONICS

 

          Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are permitted in our committees to help with normal conference preparation.  However, our Internet is limited, so the network might be slow at times.

 

          Delegates are not permitted to bring up laptops or phones to read their speeches from.  There has been trouble at other conferences with delegates being fed talking points from others.

 

 

IMPORTANT POLICIES TO BE AWARE OF

 

  • Speaking time for speeches will not be lowered to anything shorter than a minute-thirty seconds.  Lowering a speaking time below this does nothing to facilitate debate;
  • Comments on speeches cannot be lowered below 30-seconds;
  • Moderated caucuses have a set time of 20-minutes.  They can be extended for two extra 10-minutes sessions afterward;
  • Unmoderated causes can be set for 10, 15, and 20 minutes with one 10-minute extension permitted;
  • There is no yielding of speaking time to other delegates;
  • No pre-written resolutions will be accepted;
  • The use of national flags, pins, or any other national emblem in committee is discourage, as the United Nations does not allow them either in committee;
  • Handouts or briefing sheets are not allowed to be distributed in committee as gives an unfair advantage to delegates who don’t have them and is in conflict with the spirit of no pre-written resolutions;
  • Computers and phones are not permitted for non-committee related activities such as chatting, gaming, non-conference related web browsing, etc.
  • All committee rooms are open to adult advisors including during voting blocs.  Student advisors can be kept out during voting blocs;
  • Recently, we have discovered that some delegations have been relying on chat groups with adult and student advisors writing speeches and comments for delegates in order to help them with committee awards that they could not on their own.  The use of using chat to, in essence, cheat, is prohibited.  This does not mean that advisors cannot send general advise to their delegates such as "get yourself on the speaker's list" or "raise your placard more."  This is just to keep delegates being fed speeches or comments on information they did not research themselves.

 

          Delegates found to be in violation of these restrictions will lose diplomacy points and may be excluded from any recognition.  In addition, they will be reported to their advisors.

 

 

OTHER INFORMATION

 

          Like all MUN Secretariats, we strive for fair and balanced chairs and judgment of delegate performance.  We aren't perfect and sometimes we might not notice something in committee that you do.  Adult school advisors are urged to contact the Whitney advisor if they observe something going on which goes against recognized procedure, is biased, or is simply out of policy.  There should be no two-hour ice-breaking sessions, caucuses that go on and on and are renewed and renewed, or fake caucuses.  We'll do our best to keep delegates from wasting time as well.

 

          We are actively working in this conference to eliminated some of the tactics that have creeped into Model United Nations in the last few years as they give an unfair advantage to certain delegates at the expense of others.  While we respect a delegate or delegation that wants recognition for a job well-done, we are opposed to a “winning-at-all-costs” philosophy that we have seen with some delegations.