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BUSUN Formatting Guidelines

These guidelines are provided by BUSUN for position papers:

  • Position papers should be 1-2 pages in length per topic, written in size 12 Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins.

  • Position papers should be submitted in .DOC, .DOCX, or .PDF format. Files should be titled in the following format: School_LastName_Position (e.g. "BrownHS_Smith_USA.pdf").

  • Citations and works referenced should be clearly listed at the end of all position papers. We prefer that these references be formatted in Chicago or MLA style. BUSUN takes plagiarism seriously — plagiarized content may result in delegate disqualification from awards, or in serious cases, entire delegations may not be invited in future years.

  • Position papers should contain:

    • Relevant historical actions

    • Current policies on the topic

    • Potential solutions you intend to propose in committee

    • Responses to ‘Questions to Consider” from background guide

Delegation should write a position paper for all topics assigned to their committee - this may not hold true for all specialized or crisis committees. Please consult your committee background guide for more information.


If you unsure how to cite a source, check the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) website for examples. They have guides for both CMOS and MLA style. And when in doubt, ask a librarian for help!

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