Committee to Aid REporting on discrimination and haraSsment policy violations

Discrimination and harassment are not to be tolerated within our community. All SIGCOMM events and communications (emails, online social network groups, etc.) must abide by ACM’s policies: policy against discrimination and harassment, policy on plagiarism, misrepresentation, and falsification; policy on coercion and abuse in the ACM publications process; and policy on oles and responsibilities in ACM publishing. If a violation of any of these occur, ACM urges reporting the incident to the event chairs or to ACM leadership, as indicated on those webpages. SIGCOMM recognizes that reporting to the conference chairs or an upper-level ACM administrator can be intimidating, especially in the face of an already


The SIGCOMM CARES Committee (SIGCOMM Committee to Aid REporting on discrimination and haraSsment policy violations) is intended to assist members of our community who may have experienced or witnessed behaviors that violate the ACM policy against discrimination and harassment at an event sponsored by the SIG, as a step forward to prevent and address any forms of unacceptable behavior in the context of our sponsored conferences. It was created following ACM SIGARCH initiatives and leveraging the experience with an ad hoc committee in SIGCOMM 2018. Note that despite CARES, for the matter to be reported, the person experiencing the incident must still themselves submit the complaint to ACM, where it will be handled according to ACM’s policy.


CARES committee members can help by providing advice on how to approach such a situation and ensure it is investigated by ACM. They are available to listen and help anyone who has either experienced or witnessed discrimination and harassment at an event promoted by the SIG, or needs counseling on how to handle it. However, note that CARES is not intended to replace ACM’s guidelines for reporting incidents, and such reporting remains the responsibility of the SIG member who experienced or witnessed the incident (a CARES committee member may, under exceptional circumstances, report an incident on behalf of a SIG member, but the member remains responsible for corroborating the facts with ACM).


When attending an event in their capacity as CARES members, individuals will wear a badge that clearly identifies them as such. They can also be contacted online to facilitate and schedule initial discussions.



Sujata Banerjee (VMWare)
Marinho Barcellos (University of Waikato), co-chair,
Craig Partridge (Colorado State University),
Jennifer Rexford (Princeton University),
Justine Sherry (Carnegie Mellon University),
Ellen Zegura (Georgia Tech), co-chair,