The quality of the NCSC Singapore 2019 experience is partially reliant on the preparation of NCSC Singapore staffers and partially reliant on the behavior the moderators and delegates who attend NCSC Singapore. Therefore, please adhere to the following substantive policies in order to ensure that all attendants and staffers may have a positive experience.
PRE-WRITTEN RESOLUTIONS POLICY AND PLAGIARISM
Pre-written documents, such as draft resolutions and action orders, are strictly prohibited at NCSC Singapore. Pre-written resolutions include any language, clauses, or directives that were written before debate on a topic formally opens during committee. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, verbatim or near-verbatim, copying and pasting from academic sources or other websites. Resolutions written at previous Model United Nations conferences or training sessions are banned, and all working papers and draft resolutions turned in over the course of the weekend will be checked for plagiarism. Research and planning when crafting your position and writing your position paper is, of course, encouraged; however, writing collective action documents beforehand not only disadvantages delegates who receive positions close to the conference but undermines the spirit of collaborative diplomacy that we strive to maintain. Our Staff is cognizant of this policy and will regard any pre-written resolutions as violations of the Code of Conduct.
Further, no writing is permitted until the end of Committee Session I on Saturday of the conference. This writing ban is lifted as soon as Committee Session I ends.
Any concerns that a delegate in a committee is violating these policies may be relayed to the Secretariat. The Secretariat will respond to concerns in a timely manner and will investigate all significant cases brought to our attention. Any delegate found guilty of pre-writing or plagiarism will be immediately disqualified from any award in his or her committee, and the delegation as a whole will be removed from any consideration for delegation awards. Furthermore, the NCSC Singapore Staff reserves the right to search computers and laptops, USBs, and any other form of electronics for Model UN specific documents in response to these allegations.
The use of laptops is prohibited (or in special circumstances, strictly monitored by Chairs) in committee rooms. At the Chair’s discretion, delegates may use laptops in General Assemblies or Crisis Committees to prepare and compile handwritten documents outside of the committee room under the supervision of a member of the Dais. Of course, delegates without laptops will not be at a disadvantage or penalized in any way. Delegates may not use laptops or technology for any other purpose during session without the expressed permission of the Chair or a member of the Dais.
Delegates representing countries are reminded to adhere to the policies of their government/cabinet position. Remember that in Model United Nations, delegates are ambassadors representing countries, not their own views. Do note, however, that delegates should not feel constrained by this rule! Compromise cooperation and creativity, within reason, are in the spirit of the United Nations. Delegates who feel unsure about their country’s position on a specific topic should feel free to approach the Chair or Dais staff at no penalty to themselves.
NCSC Singapore prides itself on being an educational conference; ultimately, the goal of any Model UN committee is not individual glory but rather the inculcation of important professional skills and an understanding of the duties of those engaged in foreign service and diplomacy. Nevertheless, NCSC Singapore gives out awards in each committee to award delegates who demonstrate leadership abilities to raise the standards of Model UN as an activity. Chairs have no officially-binding awards policy, but are encouraged to reward delegates who are well-researched, well-spoken, and well-regarded by their peers. Such delegates push their committees forward and demonstrate the values of compromise and coexistence upon which modern diplomacy is based, balancing their individual interests against the goals of the collective body. Please note that to be eligible for an award, delegates must submit a position paper to their Chair(s) by the end of the first session. Please further note that any delegate found guilty of pre-writing or plagiarism, or of violating the Code of Conduct will be immediately disqualified from any award in his or her committee, and the delegation as a whole will be removed from any consideration for delegation awards. Furthermore, the NCSC Singapore Staff reserves the right to search computers and laptops, USBs, and any other form of electronics for Model UN specific documents in response to these allegations.
Questions about NCSC Singapore’s substantive policy can be directed to Secretary-General Meggie Underwood (firstname.lastname@example.org).