ACM SIG Bylaws: SIGARCH
Special Interest Group
Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Adopted: July, 1972
Amended: May, 1980
Amended: December, 2008
Article 1. Name and Scope
organization will be called the Special Interest Group on Computer
Architecture("SIGARCH") of the Association for Computing Machinery,
Inc. ("the ACM"); it will be referred to herein as "the Group."
The scope of the Group's specialty is the architecture of computer
systems, including all aspects of their organization, structure,
design, and engineering.
Article 2. Purpose
- This Special Interest
Group is organized and will be operated for educational, technical,
professional, and scientific purposes in the subject area of computer
architecture and in furtherance thereof.
- The Group shall promote the interest of professionals
- Affording opportunity for discussion of problems of
- Encouraging presentation of papers of special interest
to the Group at National and Regional Meetings of the ACM
and at other special meetings organized by the Group.
- Providing guidance to the ACM Council on matters of
importance to the Group.
- Publishing a bulletin containing information of
interest to the Group.
- Other appropriate means. No addition may contradict the
main purpose as stated in Article 2(a) above.
Article 3. Charter
The Group will exist until dissolved by the Council of the ACM as provided in Bylaw 6 of the ACM.
Article 4. Officers and Board of Directors
- The Group's officers are the Chair, the Vice-Chair, and
the Secretary-Treasurer. The Group's Board of Directors will
consist of four members. The officers and Board of Directors
are elected for two-year terms beginning July 1 of odd-numbered
- The Chair is the principal officer and is responsible for
leading the Group and managing its activities. The duties of
the Chair are:
- 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
- The duties of the Vice-Chair are:
- Assisting the Chair in leading and managing the Group;
- Presiding at meetings when the Chair is absent.
- The duties of the Secretary-Treasurer are:
- Maintaining the records and correspondence of the
- Notifying Executive Committee members of the time, place
and agenda of Committee meetings and likewise notifying
Group members of business meetings;
- 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.
- The duty of the Board of Directors is to serve on the Executive
Article 5. The Executive Committee
Executive Committee comprises the officers, the Past Chair, the
Editor of the Group's newsletter, and the Board of Directors. No person
may hold two positions on the Executive Committee.
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.
- All members of, or candidates for, the Executive Committee must be voting Members of the ACM and of the Group.
Article 6. Vacancies and Appointments
Should the Chair leave office before his term expires, the
Vice-Chair will assume the duties of the Chair. Should any other
position on the Executive Committee become vacant, the Chair of the
Group may appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy.
Should a vacancy be unfilled, either because of inadequacy of these
Bylaws or because of a dispute or for any other reason, the SIG Board
may fill it (as provided in Bylaw 6 of the ACM).
All appointments expire automatically when the Chair's term of
office expires. Appointees, however, will continue to serve until a
successor is appointed by the new Chair.
With the advice of the other officers, the Chair will appoint an Information Director, who will maintain the SIGARCH web pages, mailing list, and other on-line information pertinent to the SIGARCH membership. The Information Director will not be a part of the executive committee.
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 Chair will appoint the
Editor of the newsletter, who will become a member of the Group's
Article 8. Membership, Dues, and Voting Privileges
- SIGARCH is an open SIG as defined in Section 6 of Bylaw 6. Anyone may join the Group.
A person becomes a member only after enrolling and paying the required
dues. The dues for the Group are determined by the Group's Executive
Committee with the approval of the Chair of the SIG Board. In
addition to Group dues, non-ACM members of the Group will be assessed
annually a surcharge equal to one-third of the dues set for membership in
the ACM, rounded to the next highest dollar.
All members of the Group may vote in any ballot conducted within the
Group. On any ballot, the votes cast by non-ACM members of the Group
will, if necessary, be prorated downward so that their effective total
cannot exceed 50 percent of the eligible voters; when it applies, the
proration will be specified on the ballot.
Article 9. Reports and Records
The Group's Chair is responsible for filing reports about the Group required by the SIG Board. These include:
- An annual report, due in February of each year, on the activities of the Group during the previous calendar year;
- All reports required by the Financial Accountability Policy of the ACM; and
- Closing reports on conferences and symposia (co)-sponsored by the Group as required by the ACM.
The membership records of the Group will be maintained by ACM Headquarters.
Article 10. Elections
- By September
30 of each even-numbered year, the Chair, with the approval of the
Executive Committee, will appoint a nominating committee which will
propose at least two consenting candidates for each elective office of
the Group. The slate of candidates elected by the nominating committee
must be presented to all the Group's members by the following January
- A petition from one percent of
the voting members of the Group will place other consenting candidates
on the ballot. Petitions must be received by the Secretary-Treasurer of
the Group no later than March 15.
The election will be conducted among eligible voters by ACM
headquarters by June 1, following the election procedures of the ACM,
unless different procedures have been approved by the SIG Board. Of all
the ballots returned in an election, the candidates receiving the
largest numbers of effective votes win. The SIG Board will resolve ties.
Article 11. Amendments
- These Bylaws may be amended by a vote of the Group's members as provided below.
- A resolution of the majority of the Executive
Committee of the Group shall be sufficient to
cause a Bylaw amendment to be voted on by the
- Any member of the Group may submit an amendment
to the Group Chair; the Group Secretary shall
determine whether a majority of the Executive
Committee of the Group are in favor of proposing
the amendment and shall announce this
- A petition by one percent of the Group members
shall be sufficient to cause a Bylaw amendment to
be voted on by the Group members. The right to
petition shall be independent of any decisions
taken with respect to the procedures provided in
Article ll(b), i and ii.
The proposed amendment shall be reviewed, prior to the distribution of
ballots referred to in Article ll(d) below, by the Chairs of both the
SIG Board and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of ACM.
The 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,
provided at least 25% 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 12. Dissolution
Should the Group be dissolved, control of its assets will revert to ACM.
Article 13. Meetings
The Group will conduct at least one business meeting each year. 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 14. 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.