SIGCSE Bylaws Revision
About 5 years ago, ACM asked me as SIGCSE Chair for permission to
post the SIGCSE Bylaws on the Web. I noted several problems:
ACM did not seem to have a current copy that reflected changes
approved by the SIGCSE membership in 2001. Altogether there was
an apparent version control problem.
A few parts of SIGCSE Bylaws were outdated.
Membership Dues and Voting
Through part of the 1990s, ACM required SIGCSE members to also be members of ACM.
SIGCSE-only membership was possible, but at a disadvantage:
SIGCSE-only membership (e.g., $25) was subject to a surcharge
(1/3 of ACM's membership: 1/3 of $99 or $33)
The surcharge would more than double SIGCSE-only membership.
The total vote of non-ACM members in SIGCSE elections was not allowed
to exceed 50% of the total votes cast.
(If 500 SIGCSE-only members and 250 ACM/SIGCSE members voted in an election,
then a SIGCSE-only member vote would count only 1/2.)
I thought this situation was simply unacceptable. ACM had changed its
policy regarding ACM membership, the SIGCSE membership dues policy had
changed immediate, but the bylaws had not changed. I started the process
to work with ACM to change the bylaws ASAP.
created 6 March 2009|
last revised 6 March 2009