statement was drafted by the Council of Graduate Schools and approved by the APA
board of officers at its 1994 meeting. It has also been approved by numerous
colleges, universities, and professional organizations. It was amended by the APA board of officers in November 2016. Originally
published in Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical
Association, Vol. 68, No. 5, p. 40.
Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate
scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic
year by a prospective or re-enrolled graduate student completes an agreement
that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the
conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully
and understood by all parties.
Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial
support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers
violate the intent of this Resolution. Similarly, it violates the intent of this Resolution for graduate programs to seek from students a promise that an offer will be accepted if it is made, if such a promise is sought before April 15.
In those instances in which a student
accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that
acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment
at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force
after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first
obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been
made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on
presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted
offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing
to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution should accompany every
scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.