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Chapter 4F: Council of Graduate Schools Resolution

The Council of Graduate Schools has published a statement entitled “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants” since the mid-1960s. The Resolution is concerned with the conditions surrounding the acceptance of offers of certain kinds of graduate student financial assistance, namely, scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and assistantships for the next academic year. The general spirit of the Resolution is that students should have an opportunity to consider more than one offer and should have until April 15 to do so, that institutions and students should be able to view acceptances in force after April 15 as binding, that everyone should know what the rules are, and that an offer by the institution and its acceptance by the student constitute an agreement which both expect to honor. The Resolution acknowledges that students, after having accepted an offer, may change their minds and withdraw that acceptance. The intent of the Resolution is to provide a uniform and widely acceptable framework for so doing, one that provides protection for both student and institution. A link to the full text of this Resolution may be found at For additional information, see Chapter 9 on Graduate Assistantships.

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