The FOCS steering committee and the FOCS 2023 organizers are committed to an inclusive conference experience, respectful of all participants, and free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, or retaliation. We believe that an inclusive and respectful atmosphere is vital to free expression and the open exchange of ideas, serving the main purpose of the conference. FOCS 2023 will implement IEEE policies (in particular the IEEE Policy against Discrimination and Harassment) as well as the recommendations of the ad-hoc committee to combat harassment and discrimination. The latter include a mechanism for authors to declare at submission a conflict of interest arising from past harassment, without divulging explicitly the nature of the conflict.
If you experience or witness discrimination, harassment or other unethical behavior at the conference, we encourage you to seek advice and remedy through one or more of the following options:
A. (Our recommended option) Consult with Mahdi Cheraghchi (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), email: [email protected], Martin Farach-Colton (Rutgers University), email: [email protected], and Yuval Rabani (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), email: [email protected] the ToC anti-harassment advocates in residence at FOCS 2022.
B. Report to the TCMF chair and FOCS 2023 general chair, Shanghua Teng (University of Southern California), email: [email protected]. The general chair is entitled to remove registered participants from the conference, if they are deemed to pose a risk to other participants.
C. Report by email to [email protected]. Sanctions against violators, following an investigation by IEEE, may include expulsion from IEEE membership and exclusion from IEEE events.3