ACM SIG Bylaws: SIGCOMM
Special Interest Group on
DATA COMMUNICATION (SIGCOMM)
Association for Computing Machinery
Adopted: March 28, 1989
Amended: December 2003
Article 1. Name and Scope
- This organization will be called the Special Interest Group on
Data Communication (SIGCOMM) of the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. (ACM).
It will be referred to herein as "the SIG".
- The scope of the SIG's specialty is data communications and
computer communication networks.
Article 2. Purpose
The SIG is organized and will be operated exclusively for
educational, research, scientific, and technical purposes in its specialty. Its
services will include:
- Collecting and disseminating information in the
specialty, through a variety of communications media, including 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
Article 3. Charter
The SIG will exist until dissolved by the Council of the ACM as
provided in Bylaw 6 of the ACM.
Article 4. SIGCOMM Officers and SIGCOMM Executive Committee
- The SIG's Officers are the Chair, the Vice-Chair, and the Treasurer.
- The SIGCOMM Executive Committee comprises the Officers, the Past Chair
and the Editor of the SIG's newsletter. With the exception of the position
of Editor (which may be filled by an Officer or the Past Chair), no one may
hold two positions on the Executive Committee.
- The general duties of the Executive Committee are to advise the
Chair on all matters of interest to the SIG. All the major policy decisions
of the SIG must be approved by the Executive Committee.
- All members of, or candidates for, the Executive Committee must
be voting members of ACM and of the SIG.
- Officers are elected for two-year terms beginning July 1 of odd-numbered
years. Terms may be extended for an additional two-year term with the concurrence of the
SIG Governing Board and the SIG's officers.
- Duties of the Officers
- The Chair is the principal officer and is responsible for
leading the SIG and managing its activities. The duties of the Chair are:
- Calling and presiding at the SIG's Executive Committee,
Board and Business meetings;
- Conducting the SIG'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
- Presiding at meetings when the Chair is absent.
- The duties of the Treasurer are:
- Maintaining the records and correspondence of the SIG;
- Keeping and distributing the minutes of business and
Executive Committee meetings of the SIG; and
- Managing the SIG's finances according to the Financial
Accountability Policy of the ACM. This includes
preparing the annual budget, monitoring the SIG's
disbursements for adherence to the annual budget, and
preparing financial reports as required.
Article 5. The Board and Technical Advisory Committee
- The Board comprises the members of the SIGCOMM Executive
Committee, the chair of the SIGCOMM Technical Advisory Committee, the ACM Program
Director and the SIGCOMM Directors.
- All members of the Board except the ACM Program Director must
be voting members of the SIG.
- The general duties of the Board are to advise the Executive
Committee on matters of interest to the SIG.
- The Directors are volunteer leaders of particular SIG programs or
initiatives. There are at least four directors and no more than eight directors.
Directors are appointed by the SIGCOMM Chair and each director is responsible for
a particular activity of the SIG. (There are no at-large director positions).
- The Technical Advisory Committee comprises the Technical
Advisory Committee chair and between three and eight members appointed by the SIG Chair.
- Members of the Technical Advisory Committee serve two year
terms beginning 1 January of even-numbered years.
- The general duties of the Technical Advisory Committee are
to advise the SIG Chair and other SIG Officers and Directors, on issues pertaining to
the technical quality of the SIG publications, conferences and other technical activities.
- The Technical Advisory Committee consists of between three
and eight members, one of whom is the Chair. The members of the Technical Advisory Committee
are appointed by the SIG Chair.
Article 6. Vacancies and Appointments
- Should the Chair leave office before the Chair's term expires, the
Vice-Chair will assume the duties of Chair. Should any
other elected office or the position on the Executive Committee reserved
for the Past Chair of the SIG become vacant, the Board may, by a majority vote, fill the vacancy.
- The Editor of the SIG newsletter is appointed by the Officers and Past Chair,
on nomination by the Chair of the SIG. The Editor may removed from office only by majority vote
of the Officers and Past Chair.
- The Chair may fill vacancies in Directors and other positions that are
appointed by the Chair according to the procedures for making the original appointments as
provided herein. All persons appointed to positions appointed by the Chair may be removed
from office at the discretion of the Chair, except as noted.
- Should a vacancy be unfilled, either because of inadequacy of
these bylaws or because of a dispute or for any other reason,
the SIG Governing Board may fill it (as provided in Bylaw 6 of the ACM).
- Except for the membership of the Technical Advisory Committee(whose terms
specified above), all appointments (including Editor)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.
Article 7. Newsletter
- The SIG will publish a newsletter at regular intervals as
determined by the Executive Committee. The newsletter will be distributed in
paper or electronic form (or both) to all the SIG's members. Newsletter
subscriptions may be sold to non-members.
- The Editor of the SIG newsletter may appoint Associate Editors
to assist with the editorial functions of the newsletter. Associate Editors
may be appointed or dismissed at any time by the Editor.
Article 8. Membership, Dues, and Voting Privileges
- SIGCOMM is an open SIG as defined in Section 6 of Bylaw 6.
Anyone may join the SIG.
- A person becomes a member only after enrolling and paying the
required dues. The dues for the SIG are determined by the SIG's Executive Committee
with the approval of the Chair of the SIG Governing Board. Dues for SIG members who
are also members of ACM must be less than or equal to the dues for SIG members who
are not members of ACM. All fees for SIG activities and services charged to members
of either ACM or the SIG must be less than or equal to fees charged to non-members
(excepting that for conferences co-sponsored with other organizations, members of
the co-sponsoring organizations may have the same fee as SIG or ACM members).
- All members of the SIG may vote in any ballot conducted with
the SIG. On any ballot, the votes cast by non-ACM members of
the SIG will, if necessary, be prorated downward so that their
effective total cannot exceed 50% of the eligible votes. When
it applies, the proration factor will be specified on the ballot.
Article 9. Reports and Records
- The Chair is responsible for filing reports about the
SIG as required by the SIG Governing Board.
- The membership records of the SIG will be maintained by ACM Headquarters.
Article 10. Elections
- By September 30 of each even-numbered year, the Chair will appoint
a nominating committee which will propose at least two consenting candidates for each
elective office of the SIG. The slate of candidates elected by the nominating committee must
be presented to all the SIG's members by the following January 31.
- A petition from 1% of the voting members of the SIG will place
other consenting candidates on the ballot. Petitions must be received by the
Secretary-Treasurer of the SIG 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 Governing
Board. Of all the ballots returned in an election, the
candidates receiving the largest numbers of effective votes win.
The SIG Governing Board will resolve ties.
Article 11. Amendments
- These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the ACM Council,
or by a vote of the SIG's members as provided below. With the approval of the SIG's
Executive Committee and of the Executive Committee of the ACM, 2/3 of all the members of
the SIG Governing Board may amend Article 1 of these bylaws without a referendum of the members.
Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed by the SIG's Executive
the SIG Governing Board, or a petition from 1% of the voting members
of the SIG. All proposed amendments must be approved, prior to being
submitted for a vote of the membership, by the Chairmen of both the SIG
Governing Board and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee
of ACM after the Executive Director of ACM has provided advice.
- 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 Governing Board. The proposal is
adopted only if at least 2/3 of the effective votes of returned
ballots approve it, and only if at least 10% of the ballots are
returned. The Treasurer will send a clean copy of the
amended bylaws to the Executive Director of ACM and to the
Chair of the SIG Governing Board.
Article 12. Dissolution
Should the SIG be dissolved, control of its assets will revert to the
Article 13. Meetings
The SIG will conduct at least one business meeting each year, normally in conjunction with one of the conferences of the SIG.
All meetings sponsored by the SIG must be open to all members of the ACM. The SIG 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 Governing Board
take precedence over any conflicting provisions of these bylaws or
internal policies of the SIG.