“Yale rejects a number of Asian and White American applicants each year based on their race,” disappointing applicants from those races compared to African-American applicants with similar academic credentials, the Department of Justice claimed in a statement Thursday. .
The announcement, the culmination of a two-year civil rights investigation prompted by a grievance from Asian-American groups, marks the Trump administration’s latest move to undermine affirmative action policies that have strengthened diversity within higher education for decades.
The school admissions process, the Justice Department said, is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Yale should ban the use of race or national origin in the next admissions cycle or get a signature on an ongoing plan. to use it by the department, officials told the school.
In a statement, a Yale spokeswoman said the school “categorically denies this claim”; and called it a “undeserved” and “hasty” definition.
Yale said they have provided the Justice Department with “a considerable amount of information and data” so far, but had not been able to provide all the information the department had requested before the end of Thursday, which was shared with university in a letter earlier in the day.
“If the Department had fully accepted and weighed this information correctly, it would have concluded that Yale’s practices are absolutely consistent with decades of Supreme Court precedent,” said Karen Peart, director of the School of University Media Relations. that the school will not change its policy.
The Supreme Court has long supported campus affirmative action, allowing universities to consider an applicant’s multi-factor race toward the goal of greater on-campus diversity, and the prohibition of racial quotas on admissions.
A federal judge in Boston last year backed a similar challenge posed by a group of Asian-American students against Harvard, arguing that while the Harvard admissions process is not “perfect,” it would not dismantle a very excellent admissions that the constitutional meeting goes through, just because it could have done better. “The group of students has appealed that decision.
The Trump administration filed a “declaration of interest” in the Harvard case, dismissing challenging students and noting that the administration was investigating Harvard review processes following complaints to the Department of Education from more than 60 Asian-American groups. The Obama administration had filed and challenged similar complaints.