|Excerpt From the APA Bylaws Regarding Membership Status and Dues
|Membership – article II
16. A Member (to include Fellows), Associate member or Affiliate may be dropped from
membership or otherwise disciplined for conduct which violates the Ethical Principles of the
Association, which tends to injure the Association or to affect adversely its reputation, or which is
contrary to or destructive of its objects. Allegations of such conduct shall be submitted to the
The Ethics Committee shall formulate rules and procedures governing the conduct of the ethics
and disciplinary process. However, such rules and procedures and any changes therein must be
approved by the Board of Directors acting on behalf of Council. The Ethics Committee, acting at
its own discretion or on direction of the Board of Directors, shall review such rules and
procedures periodically and may amend them from time to time, subject to the approval of the
Board of Directors, provided, however, that no such amendment shall adversely affect the
substantive rights of a Member, Associate member or Affiliate whose conduct is being
investigated or against whom formal charges have been filed at the time of amendment.
17. A person who has been dropped from membership pursuant to the rules and procedures of
the Ethics Committee may reapply for membership after five years have elapsed from the date of
termination of his/her membership. A person who has been permitted to resign under a stipulated
agreement may reapply for membership only after the period of time stipulated in the agreement
has elapsed, and all other conditions set forth in such agreement have been discharged. In all
cases the Member, Associate member or Affiliate must show that he/she is ethically as well as
technically qualified for membership. Such reapplications shall be considered first by the Ethics
Committee, which shall make recommendation to the Membership Committee.
18. Resignations of Members, Associate members or Affiliates may be accepted only by the
Board of Directors. In the ordinary course, the Board of Directors will, in its discretion, refuse to
accept a resignation tendered by a Member, Associate member or Affiliate while such Member,
Associate member or Affiliate is under the scrutiny of the Ethics Committee.
Dues -- Article XIX
3. Nonpayment of dues for two consecutive years shall be considered as equivalent to a request
for resignation from the Association.
4. There shall be made available to each Division a fixed amount, to be determined by Council,
from the dues paid by each member of the Association who is a member of that Division. A
Division may require additional dues of its own members.
5. Council may authorize special subscription rates to publications of the Association for special
groups of subscribers.
6. Any Fellow, Member, or Associate member who has reached the age of sixty-five and has
been a member of the Association for at least twenty-five years shall become eligible for a dues
reduction process, culminating in dues exemption. Such members shall retain all rights and
privileges of membership in the Association except the privilege of receiving those publications of
the Association ordinarily provided to its members as a membership benefit. In order to permit
the receipt of such publications, however, an option to pay a reasonable subscription
price/servicing fee for them shall be made available to dues-exempt members. (For purposes of
this Subsection, membership in the American Association of Applied Psychology prior to its
amalgamation with the American Psychological Association shall be counted.)
From the Association Rules as amended 2003:
10-9. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
10-9.1 Membership in the Association may be terminated by the death of a member, resignation,
dropping for nonpayment of dues, or as provided in the Ethics Committee's Rules and
Notice of the death of a member or formal resignation should be forwarded to APA Central Office.
Resignation will ordinarily be accepted forthwith, except while a member is under scrutiny by the
Ethics Committee. While under such scrutiny, a member may be permitted to resign under
stipulated conditions in accordance with provisions in the Ethics Committee's Rules and
A member is dropped from membership in the Association after two calendar years during which
dues to the Association have remained unpaid. "Benefit of membership" subscriptions (such as
the APA Monitor on Psychology) will not be continued during this period of grace.
10-9.2 A member may resign from any division by not paying the dues or assessment of that
division in connection with the annual Association dues statement.
10-10. REINSTATEMENT OR READMISSION
10-10.1 The membership of a person who has voluntarily resigned or who has been dropped
for nonpayment of dues may be fully reinstated at any time by the payment of all delinquent and
current dues. When fully reinstated, the person's membership dates from the original year of
election. This option shall not be available to a former member who was under scrutiny by the
Ethics Committee at the time membership was terminated.
10-10.2 The membership of a person who has voluntarily resigned or who has been dropped
for nonpayment of dues may also be reinstated upon payment of dues for the current year.
Reinstatement is effective as of the current year. The period of nonpayment of dues shall not be
counted toward the years needed to attain dues-exempt status. This option can be used only
once and shall not be available to former members who were under scrutiny by the Ethics
Committee at the time membership was terminated.
10-10.3 A person whose membership has been terminated under the provisions of Article II,
Section 17 of the APA Bylaws or who has resigned while under the scrutiny of the Ethics
Committee may request reinstatement of membership under the conditions stated in Article II,
Section 18. Accordingly, the Membership Committee will automatically inform the Ethics
Committee of all such reinstatement requests and the Ethics Committee shall be responsible for
furnishing the Membership Committee with a recommendation as provided in its Rules and
10-10.4 Ordinarily, individuals who have previously resigned or been expelled from membership
must reinstate into the previously held membership status and dues category and may not
reapply as a new member. Exceptions regarding the membership status and dues category of
reinstating members may be made by the chief staff officer or the Membership Committee.
10-11. LIFE MEMBERSHIP STATUS (DUES EXEMPTION)
10-11.1 Any member who has reached the age of 65 and has belonged to the APA for a total of
25 years, may choose to begin the dues-reduction process, culminating in dues exemption by so
advising Central Office of his or her eligibility. Any member, who, regardless of age or length of
membership, has been adjudged totally and permanently disabled, may choose to become
exempt from dues by so advising Central Office of his or her eligibility. Ordinarily, the transfer in
status will become effective as of the January 1 immediately following the member's request, but
in appropriate circumstances the change in status may be made effective as of the previous
These members will be exempt from further payment of APA dues, as well as division dues,
division assessments, or other assessments established by the Council. However, these
members will have the option of paying a subscription price/service fee if they choose to receive
the American Psychologist and the APA Monitor on Psychology. The subscription price/service
fee will be determined by Council to allow for dues distribution to those APA divisions to which the
dues- exempt member belongs and to help defray the costs of the American Psychologist, the
APA Monitor on Psychology, and for administering services.
Dues-exempt members shall pay the same price for journals as dues-paying members. However,
subscriptions to the American Psychologist and the APA Monitor on Psychology are included in
the subscription price/servicing fee set by Council to cover such subscriptions and to help defray
the cost of administering services to dues-exempt members. (see also Association Rule 100-6
LIFE MEMBERSHIP STATUS (DUES-EXEMPTION). The journal credit applies only to dues-