ACM SIG Bylaws: SIGACT
Special Interest Group
Algorithms and Computation Theory
Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Approved July 31, 1989
Amended December 23, 2008
Article 1. Name and Scope
organization will be called the Special Interest Group on Algorithms
and Computation Theory ("SIGACT") of the Association for Computing
Machinery, Inc. ("ACM"); it will be referred to herein as "the Group."
The scope of the Group's specialty is the theory of computing
(including automata theory, computability theory, computational
complexity theory, language theory and the modeling and analysis of
Article 2. Purpose
The Group is organized and will be operated exclusively for
educational, scientific and technical purposes in its specialty. Its
activities will include:
Collecting and disseminating information in the specialty, through a
newsletter and other publications approved by the Publications Board
of the ACM;
- Organizing sessions at conferences of the ACM;
- Sponsoring conferences, symposia, and workshops;
- Organizing working groups for education, research and
- Serving as a source of technical information for the Council
and subunits of the ACM;
- Serving as an external technical representative of the ACM when
authorized by the Council or the Executive Committee of the ACM; and
- Working with subunits of the ACM on technical activities such
as lectureships or professional development seminars.
Article 3. Charter
The Group will exist until dissolved as provided in Bylaw 6 of the ACM.
Article 4. Officers
- The Group's officers are the Chair, the Vice-Chair and the
Secretary-Treasurer. The Chair is elected by the membership for a three-year term beginning on July 1 of election years starting in 2009 . The Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer are Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee that are selected by the Chair for that service.
- The Chair is the principal officer and is responsible for
leading the Group and managing its activities. The duties of the Chair
- Calling and presiding at the Group's Executive Committee and Business meetings;
- Conducting the Group's activities in accordance with the policies of the ACM; and
- Making all appointments and filling vacancies as authorized herein.
- The duties of the Vice-Chair are:
- Assisting the Chair in leading and managing the Group; and
- Presiding at meetings when the Chair is absent.
- The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer are:
- Maintaining the records and correspondence of the Group;
- Keeping and distributing the minutes of Business and
Executive Committee meetings of the Group; and
- Managing the Group's finances according to the
Financial Accountability Policy of the ACM. This
includes preparing the annual budget, monitoring the
Group's disbursements for adherence to the annual
budget, and preparing financial reports as required.
Article 5. The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee comprises the Chair, four Members-at-Large, and the Past Chair, the Editor of the Group's newsletter, the Group's Conference Site Coordinator, the current Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Mathematical Foundations of Computing, and the current Chair of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science.
The general duties of the Executive Committee will be to advise the
Chair on all matters of interest to the Group. Specific duties or
responsibilities may be specified in these Bylaws or assigned by the
Chair. All the major management policy decisions of the Group must be
approved by the Executive Committee.
- The four Members-at-Large are elected for three-year terms beginning July 1 of election years starting in 2009.
- All members of, or candidates for, the Executive Committee must be voting members of the ACM and of the Group.
A member of the Executive Committee can hold more than one of the
above-named positions, so long as at most one of the positions held is
an elected Officer or Member-at-Large position. Each member of the
Executive Committee will have one vote on Executive Committee matters,
no matter how many positions that person holds.
Article 6. Vacancies and Appointments
Should the Chair leave office before his term expires, the Chair of the SIG Board will appoint a current Member-at-Large to assume the duties of Chair. Should any other office or the position on the Executive Committee reserved for the Past Chair of the Group become vacant, the Chair, with advice and consent of the Executive Committee, shall appoint a replacement for the remainder of that term of office. The Chair may fill vacancies in offices he has appointed according to the procedures for making the original appointments as provided therein.
- Should the office of Chair become vacant and no Member-at-Large is willing to be appointed to the office, the Chair of the SIG Board shall appoint an interim Chair, who shall hold office until the next regular election fills the vacant offices.
- Should a vacancy be
unfilled, either because of inadequacy of these bylaws or because of a
dispute for any other reason, the SIG Board may fill it (as provided in
Bylaw 6 of the ACM).
appointments expire automatically when the Chairs's term of office
expires. Appointees, however, will continue to serve until a successor
is appointed by the new Chair.
Article 7. The Newsletter
- The Group
will publish a newsletter at regular intervals as determined by the
Executive Committee. The newsletter will be distributed to all the
Group's members. Newsletter subscriptions may be sold to non-members.
With the advice of the other officers, the Chairman will appoint the
Editor of the newsletter, who will become a member of the Group's
Article 8. Amendments
- These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the
ACM Executive Committee, or by a vote of the Group's members as
provided below. With the approval of the Group's Executive Committee
and of the Executive Committee of the ACM, two-thirds of all the
members of the SIG Board may amend Article 1 of these bylaws without a
referendum of the members.
to these bylaws may be proposed by the Group's Executive Committee, the
SIG Board, or a petition from 1% of the voting members of the Group.
All proposed amendments must be approved, prior to being submitted for
a vote of the membership, by the Chairman of both the SIG Board and the
Constitution and Bylaws Committee of ACM after the Executive Director
of ACM has provided his advice.
ballot on the proposed amendment(s) will be conducted among the
eligible voters by ACM Headquarters following the procedures of the ACM
for voting bylaw amendments, unless a different procedure has been
approved by the SIG Board. The proposal is adopted only if at least
two-thirds of the effective votes of returned ballots approve it, and
only if at least 10% of the ballots are returned. The
Secretary-Treasurer will send a clean copy of the amended bylaws to the
Executive Director of ACM and to the Chair of the SIG Board.
Article 9. Dissolution
Should the Group be dissolved, control of its assets will revert to the ACM.
Article 10. Meetings
The Group will conduct at least one business meeting each year,
normally in conjunction with the annual ACM Symposium on Theory of
Computing. All meetings sponsored by the Group must be open to all
members of the ACM. The Group may hold meetings only in places that are
open to all classes of members of the ACM.
Article 11. Consistency
The Constitution, Bylaws and policies
of the ACM and of the SIG Board take precedence over any conflicting
provisions of these bylaws or internal policies of the Group.