court caseFiled in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut, accusing Yale University of violating federal civil rights laws for “at least 50 years” by making admissions decisions based on a candidate’s race.
It alleges that the university uses an “oversized, standardless, intentional usurper” in its process that favors Black and Hispanic students.
The DOJ alleged that Yale University practices “impose unfair and unlawful penalties on racially-recognized applicants, particularly including most Asian and white applicants.” According to a press release.
The complaint states, “Instead of using race in a narrow, time-limited, and targeted manner to achieve specific and defined educational goals, Yale has identified racial as a permanent feature of its admissions process and decisions Institutionalized the use of priorities. “
The DOJ argues that Yale University can create a diverse school body through considering “race-neutral options”, such as socio-economic status and geographical location, and eliminating the side of heritage admission.
Assistant Attorney General Eric Driband of the Civil Rights Division said in a statement that “race discrimination should be ended illegally by colleges and universities.”
“All people who apply for admission to colleges and universities should expect and know that they will be recognized by their character, talent and achievements and not their skin color,” he said. “To do so would otherwise allow our institutions to promote stereotypes, bitterness and division.”
The department sued after a two-year investigation following a challenge from Asian American groups of the university’s admission process. The DOJ claims that Asian American and White students have one-quarter to one-eighth of the chance of admission as African American students “with comparable academic credentials.”
Yale University President Peter Salovey defended the college, saying the use of race is “an element in a multi-stage exam” of an applicant in an effort to diversify the student’s body, according to a statement obtained by Hill is.
“Yale does not discriminate against applicants of any race or ethnicity. Our admission practices are completely impartial and valid, ”he said. “Yale’s admission policies will not change as a result of the filing of this baseless lawsuit. We look forward to defending these policies in court. ‘
“Our admission process considers more and more aspects of an applicant’s life experiences and accomplishments. This includes race and ethnicity, but only one element in the multi-step examination of the entire application file, which accounts for test scores, grades Takes., Teacher recommendations, additional activities, military service and many other factors, “he continued. “No single element is considered independently of the entire application.”
The Trump administration has taken several steps to prevent universities from considering race in their admissions process, but Thursday’s lawsuit is the administration’s most drastic action.
The Supreme Court has ruled in several cases in favor of race-based affirmative action practices, but a conservative-majority court includes recently nominated Judge Amy Connie Barrett, who may touch the scales in the opposite direction, Political Note .