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NMUN Policies and Codes of Conduct

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It is the intention of the NCCA that the environment of National Model United Nations supports our educational goal. The NCCA will not tolerate any instances of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or disability. If any delegate, staff or advisor believes they have encountered discrimination, which results in a hostile working environment or disparate treatment, they must bring it to the attention of the Secretary-General of the conference. In the event that this is not possible, they must bring it to the attention of the NCCA. The Secretary-General and a member or members of the NCCA Board must investigate the merits of the allegations, interviewing all parties involved.

Based on the investigation findings, NMUN may:
• take no action
• issue a verbal reprimand
• separate the individual from the conference
• implement any other action deemed appropriate


All clothing must adhere to guidelines that portray professionalism and modesty. If a delegate’s attire is deemed inappropriate by NMUN staff, the delegate will be asked to leave the session and return with appropriate attire.

• Standard delegate attire for the conference is business jacket, slacks/skirt, dress shirt (with tie for men) and dress shoes.
• Dress sweaters, shorts, ball caps, jeans, sneakers, and sunglasses are considered too casual. Clothes that expose excessive bare skin, reveal undergarments, or are otherwise revealing are inappropriate.
• It is not appropriate for delegates to display any national symbols such as flags, pins, crests, etc. on their person during sessions. UN symbols are acceptable.
• Western business dress is preferred. Traditional dress is only permitted for international delegates in whose native countries “professional business dress” includes traditional cultural dress. NMUN will not tolerate any delegate’s attempt to portray a “character” using traditional cultural attire as a costume.

Faculty advisors/team leaders, guests, and volunteer staff serve as role models for delegates. Thus they are required to dress in western business attire while participating in scheduled conference sessions.



While participating in the National Model UN conference, delegates have a responsibility to always maintain the highest level of professionalism and diplomacy. Conference staff, faculty advisors, fellow delegates, speakers, as well as non-NMUN hotel guests should be treated with the highest level of courtesy and respect, including on social media and in electronic communications. Professionalism in speech, actions, and appearance by delegates is a requirement of this conference, and necessary to its educational mission. It is expected that all delegates will respect the property of the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, our host hotels, and any other facilities used by our conferences.

NMUN reserves the right to restrict future registration for any participant or school, whose delegates or faculty advisors are not able to uphold their responsibility to the conference’s code of conduct.

Delegates are expected to:
• Remain “in character” by consistently advocating the interests and representing the policies of the country assigned. To act “in character” also entails displaying respect for the opinions and ideas of fellow delegates, even if these opinions and ideas conflict with a given delegate’s own country's priorities.
• Collaborate with fellow delegates when possible.
• Be courteous and professional at all times, including on social media and in electronic communications.
• Attend all committee sessions.
• Avoid the consumption of alcohol and other drugs in committee sessions. Any issues related to illicit drugs will be immediately directed to the attention of local authorities.


Delegates who disrupt committee sessions or create problems
in the hotel or other facilities may be barred from further participation in the conference.

Delegates are encouraged to enjoy the variety of activities available at our conference venues. Please bear in mind, however, the purpose of being here is participation in NMUN and failure to attend committee sessions may result in your withdrawal from the conference.

If you are going to drink, please drink responsibly. Excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided. The US legal drinking age is 21.


The role of faculty advisors, while at the conference, is to make all efforts to see that their students maintain a positive and professional approach to the conference. The educational quality of the conference is primarily dependent on the active and professional participation of all delegates. Faculty advisors can ensure this by monitoring the attendance at committee meetings by their students and helping them understand the skills of diplomacy as practiced at National Model United Nations. Faculty advisors must maintain the highest level of professionalism toward all conference participants and staff.

During the conference, faculty advisors are encouraged to advise students on specific questions such as a Member State’s policy or issues of international law, but must not participate in the actual writing of resolutions or caucusing activities. NMUN allows students an opportunity to demonstrate their preparation and research skills. While faculty advisors are encouraged to observe their students from the back of committee rooms, participation in the committee process must be left to the student delegates and the conference staff

Faculty advisors are expected to:

• Provide leadership to their delegates and to other delegations by serving as information resources when appropriate.
• Respond to questions and concerns without interfering with the work of the committees or the deliberations of delegates, whether in formal session or in caucus.
• Refrain from using academic credit and grading policies that force participation beyond that country’s normal position in the UN.
• Remind their delegates of the educational purpose of the simulation. Awards should not be a delegation’s main emphasis.
• Attend and participate in faculty advisors meetings.
• Offer suggestions and assistance to new faculty advisors.

Head Delegates

Head delegates provide leadership to their delegates and to other delegations by serving as information resources. They should attend and participate in head delegate meetings. Head delegates may be assigned to a committee or may serve solely in an advisory role. Head delegates assigned to a committee should observe the delegate code of conduct. Those not assigned to a particular committee should interact with delegates as would a faculty advisor.


Delegates are encouraged to enjoy the variety of activities available at our venues. Please bear in mind, however, the purpose of being here is participation in NMUN and failure to attend committee sessions may result in your withdrawal from the conference.

To protect the reputations of the Conference, its sponsor organization the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), and participating schools and delegates, NMUN has devised the following system for addressing alleged Code of Conduct violations after soliciting feedback from faculty advisors. The system is modeled on international football (U.S. soccer) where warnings (yellow cards) are issued for minor infractions and continued infractions or more serious allegations may result in investigations leading to ejection (red cards).

Concerns about individual behavior in committee shall be addressed to the volunteer staff in committee. Faculty or head delegates may also bring larger concerns to conference service staff who can contact the conference Secretary-General or Deputy Secretary-General. We will not tolerates offensive behavior by delegates, e.g., partying in rooms, hallways, or staircases; loud, crude, and obnoxious talk/behavior, etc. Concerns about noise or behavior outside committees that disturbs other hotel guests will be referred by the hotel to security hired by NMUN and responded to according to the policies below.

A. Moderate Misbehavior
1. Minor violations of the Code of Conduct, such as excessive noise or undiplomatic behavior, shall be considered moderate misbehavior and eligible for a Yellow Card warning.

2. In the event that a complaint regarding moderate misbehavior is brought to the attention of hotel staff they shall notify the appropriate guest(s) of the nature of the complaint and inform the designated NCCA official. This notification shall serve as a warning.

3. If the moderate misbehavior persists then the designated NCCA official shall contact the designated faculty advisor from the school involved and take appropriate action, including the issuance of a Yellow Card.

4. A Yellow Card shall result in the deduction of award points and serve as a warning that repeated inappropriate behavior shall result in a declaration of ineligibility for any Conference award.

5. If the inappropriate behavior continues or recurs on a subsequent day the hotel shall notify the designated NCCA official who may furnish the hotel with the contact information for the Dean of Student Affairs or other appropriate official of the organization in question. Should the hotel notify the designated NCCA official of such an action then the delegation involved shall immediately be disqualified from receiving an award.

6. The hotel may also issue fines. Our New York conference hotels require all guests to agree to stiff fines and penalties for noise and common courtesy violations.

B. Serious Misbehavior
1. In the event of serious misbehavior, behavior rising to a level where eviction is appropriate such as criminal misbehavior, the hotel shall notify the designated NCCA official immediately and possibly law enforcement, as appropriate.

2. The designated NCCA official(s) shall immediately notify the delegation’s designated faculty advisor of the nature of the misbehavior and  inform them that unless the allegation is disproved, the Dean of Student Affairs or other appropriate official will be notified and a Red Card issued.

3. Any delegate who receives a Red Card must depart the Conference within four hours except if the misbehavior takes place after 6:00 pm in which case the delegate must depart by 9:00 am the following day. The reason for your dismissal may be reported to your school.

The issuance of a Red Card shall result in the immediate disqualification of the delegation from eligibility for any Conference award and the possible suspension of participation in the Conference for subsequent years.

A category for participants at some NMUN conferences is registered guest. Delegations are limited to no more than three guests. Guests serve as observers. They cannot be enrolled college students or faculty advisors and do not provide any support to a delegation. A guest is typically a school official, spouse/partner of a faculty advisor or a funder who is interested in gaining exposure to NMUN as an observer of the conference. Guests are required to uphold the same Codes of Conduct as all other conference attendees.

Our conferences are open to college and university students only. Attendees should be 18 or older. As adults your safety is your personal responsibility. You may want to consider these tips:

  1. Do not wear your delegate badges outside of the hotel. They are a sign that you are a tourist which can potentially make you more vulnerable to crime.
  2. Avoid flashing cash at an ATM machine or on the street. Don't be alone in an elevator with someone you feel uncomfortable with (get off, if that isn't possible start a conversation and make eye contact so they know you will recognize their face). Never sit or stand in a subway near the doors where you are more vulnerable to theft.
  3. To defend yourself against a violent assailant, use an elbow (one of your strongest bones) or pinch their tricep (the muscle on the back side of the upper arm). Other self defense suggestions include gouging their eyes, hitting the bottom of their nose with the bottom of your palm, sharp blows to both sides of the head at the ears, kicks to the groin area and knees, and stomping on the top of their foot. The goal is to distract them enough so they release you in order for you to run to safety. Think twice about putting your hair in a ponytail as it makes a great handle for someone to use to grab you.
  4. Employ the buddy system. Always travel in groups and with people you know and trust.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings and be alert. People talking on cell phones or using headphones are more frequently attacked because they are unaware of what is happening around them.
  6. If someone attempts to rob you by asking for your wallet/purse do not hand it to them. Instead toss it away from you and run. Hopefully they will be more interested in the money than chasing you.
  7. Never leave your computer or other electronic devices unattended.
  8. Lock all valuables in the safe in your hotel room or in a safety deposit box at the hotel's front desk. Leave irreplaceable items at home.
  9. Your delegation should arrange for a meeting place outside of and away from the hotel in the event of an emergency. Consider carrying a small flashlight. Share your cell phone numbers so that you can inform each other of any problems.
  10. In the hotel, make sure you know where the exits and stairs are on your floor in the event of a fire or another emergency. In the event of a fire, do not panic. Follow these steps:
    • Do not use an elevator in a fire, use the stairs;
    • Call the front desk and 911 to tell them what is going on;
    • If you cannot get out of your room, do not open the windows wide or break them. This could cause more smoke and fire to enter your room. Instead, open the windows a tiny bit if possible;
    • Seal cracks around the door with wet towels and/or sheets from your room. Smoke inhalation kills more people than fire;
    • Do not jump out of the window.
  11. Refrain from any sort of substance abuse. Illicit drug use is prohibited and excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided. NMUN has strict rules regarding personal behavior. There is no drinking or illicit drug use allowed in committee sessions. If you are going to drink, please drink responsibly. The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21 years of age.
  12. Bring spending money for meals and souvenirs but keep some cash in reserve in the event of an emergency. Watch out for tourist traps and remember NMUN is not an opportunity to ‘shop until you drop’ or a spring break vacation. Be on time for committee sessions and attend all of them.
  13. For participants in our conferences outside the U.S., stay abreast of the U.S. State Department's travel Alerts and Warnings.
Take safety precautions but don't forget to enjoy yourself. Numerous delegates have told us that NMUN is a life changing experience. Take full advantage of this unique opportunity in a responsible manner.




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