MOVING TO FRONT FROM APRIL 14, 2011, SINCE THE ISSUE IS COMING UP AGAIN SOON!
We all know the APA rule is that students can not be asked to decide until April 15 on admissions and financial aid offers. But does that mean they can't be asked to decide before 5 pm? Is there an APA rule on this? A philosopher elsewhere asked about this, because he is confronted with a number of students who have multi-year Fellowship offers, and he is wondering whether he can ask them to notify the department by noon tomorrow--obviously with an eye to being able to offer the Fellowship to others in a timely way, before they are forced to accept other offers. Thoughts from readers? How do departments handle this? Is there a clear APA rule?