Ad hoc committee to combat harassment and discrimination
in the Theory of Computing community


In consultation with many of the organizations running theory venues (IEEE TCMF/FOCS, ACM SIGACT/STOC+JACM, EATCS/ICALP, SIAM/SODA+SICOMP, SIGECOM, SoCG, CCCG), a joint committee has been appointed to discuss and propose coordinated policies, procedures, and institutions to deal with harassment and related ethical issues. The charter of the committee is stated as follows:

"We are setting an ad-hoc committee to draft a proposal for joint ToC measures to combat discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation, and all matters of ethics that might relate to that. Proposed measures may include, but are not restricted to, coordinating policies and guidelines, and setting community-wide institutions for reporting and oversight. The primary goal should be a determination to deter and root out such behavior in the theory community. The issues of false reporting and due process should be taken into account. The committee is expected to conduct the necessary research on existing practices. The committee will submit a report to the appointing organizations by September 30, 2018."


Members of the ToC community should feel free to contact any member of the committee if they have input they would like to share related to the charge.

Final Report

A copy of our final report is here.