A Harassment-Free Experience

The SC Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form.

As a conference that thrives on the sharing of ideas and freedom of thought and expression, it is essential that the conference environment foster respect for all present.

Attendees violating the rules below may be asked to leave the conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

Governing Policies

Because SC is sponsored by IEEE | TCHPC and ACM | SIGHPC, attendees are obliged to abide by the following Policies.

IEEE Policy

IEEE prohibits discrimination, harassment, and bullying against any person for any reason—for example, because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity, appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

See IEEE Policies, Section 9.27 – IEEE Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment (45 KB PDF) for the complete Policy.

Additionally, attendees are subject to the IEEE Code of Ethics.

ACM Policy

In participating, I acknowledge ACM’s Policy Against Harassment at ACM Activities and agree that behavior such as the following will constitute  grounds for actions against me:

  • Abusive action directed at an individual, such as threats, intimidation, or bullying
  • Racism, homophobia, or other behavior that discriminates against a group or class of people
  • Sexual harassment of any kind, such as unwelcome sexual advances or words/actions of a sexual nature

See Policy Against Harassment at ACM Activities for the complete Policy.

Additionally, attendees are subject to the ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Attendee Resources

At SC in Dallas, the SIGHPC Committee to Aid Reporting on Discrimination and Harassment (CARES) will have an office staffed with representatives where you can seek advice.

Debuting at SC this year, CS Assist is the IEEE-CS Committee to Assist in Reporting Ethics and Conduct Violations. There will be representatives from CS Assist in the Inclusivity Room as well.

Room D164 (Inclusivity Room)


Committee Resources

SC Planning Committee members may seek advice by contacting the committee ombuds.

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SC Pro Tip


Relationships that last over time – that’s the most valuable SC outcome.

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