WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice sued Yale University on Thursday, weeks after the prosecution unlawfully discriminated against Asian American and white applicants in the case for violations of federal civil rights law.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Connecticut, accuses Yale of “discriminating on the basis of race and national origin in its undergraduate admissions process, and race is the determinant factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.”
This comes two months after the Department of Justice accused Yale of discrimination, stating that its investigation found that Asian American and white students had “only one-tenth of the probability of entering one-tenth” , Which is comparative academic credibility with African American applicants. “
Yale called the lawsuit “baseless” and said its admission methods were fair and law-abiding. A statement from the university’s president said that Yale would not change its admissions practices as a result of the suit.
“As our nation catches up with urgent questions about race and social justice, I was never more certain that Yale’s approach to graduate admissions allowed us to fulfill our mission today and for future generations of the world Helps, ”President Peter Salovey wrote.
The Justice Department’s action by the Trump administration is the latest in a long-running effort aimed at removing discrimination in the college application process, following complaints from students about the application process at some Ivy League colleges.
The Justice Department’s investigation – which stems from a 2016 complaint against Yale, Brown and Dartmouth – also found that Yale uses race as a factor at several stages of the admissions process and that Yale is “racially Balances its classes, ”officials said.
“All individuals who apply for admission to colleges and universities should expect and know that they should not be judged by their character, talent and achievements and the color of their skin,” Assistant Attorney General running the civil rights of the department Eric Driband said. the division. “To do so would otherwise allow our institutions to promote stereotypes, bitterness and division.”
In August, the Department of Justice demanded that Yale be shut down immediately and agreed not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions, but officials said the university refused.
The Supreme Court has ruled that colleges and universities may consider race in admissions decisions, but has said that promoting diversity should be done in a narrow way and limited in time. Schools also bear the burden of demonstrating why their race is appropriate.
Yale has stated that its practices follow the Supreme Court’s many decades of precedent and it considers a multitude of factors and “looks at the whole person when deciding which of the many thousands of highly qualified applicants to accept.”