“Yale rejects the scores of Asian-American and white candidates each year based on their race,” leaving candidates from those races unsatisfied compared to African-American candidates with Similar academic credentials, the Justice Department accused in a statement on Thursday.
The announcement, the culmination of a two-year citizenship investigation brought on by complaints by Asian American groups, demonstrates the Trump administration’s latest move to undermine the affirmative action policies that have prompted diversity in higher education for many decades.
The School of Justice said the school’s admissions process was in violation of the Citizenship Act of 1964 and that Yale had to stop using race or national origin during its upcoming enrollment cycle or apply for a plan. Continue using the word department, officials told the school.
In a statement, a Yale spokesperson said the school “firmly denied the allegation”; and called it a “no-nonsense” and “hasty” decision.
Yale says it has provided the Justice Department “a huge amount of information and data” so far but has been unable to provide all of the information the ministry asked for before Thursday’s conclusion, which was shared. to the university in a letter. earlier in the day.
Karen Peart, director of university media relations at the school, said: “If the Department receives sufficient and equitable consideration of this information, it will conclude that Yale’s operations are fully in compliance with the of the Supreme Court for decades. .
The Supreme Court has long supported campus assertion, allowing universities to consider a candidate’s race among a variety of factors, towards a more diverse on-campus goal and ban Race quota in enrollment.
A federal judge in Boston last year upheld a similar challenge posed by a group of Asian American students against Harvard, determined that even though Harvard’s admissions process was “imperfect”, she will not “tear down a very good admissions program that goes beyond the constitution, just because it can do better.” The group of students appealed that decision.
The Trump administration has submitted a “statement of interest” in the Harvard case, side with student challengers and noted that the administration is investigating Harvard’s screening procedures following a complaint to the Department. Education from more than 60 groups of Asian Americans. The Obama administration has surveyed and denied similar complaints.