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DOJ: Yale Illegally Discriminates Against white, Asian Applicants

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“There is no such thing as a nice form of race discrimination,”

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband 

NPR is reporting that The Justice Department is alleging that Yale uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process, which multiplies the effect of race on an applicant’s chances of getting in. It also said the school racially balances its classes.

“Unlawfully dividing Americans into racial and ethnic blocs fosters stereotypes, bitterness, and division,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, through a statement posted on the DOJ website.

Dreiband also said, “It is past time for American institutions to recognize that all people should be treated with decency and respect and without unlawful regard to the color of their skin.”

Yale College denies the accusations, saying that, “the DOJ concluded its investigation before reviewing and receiving all the information it has requested.”

“The department’s allegation is baseless.”

Peter Salovey, President of Yale

In a community letter, Yale President Peter Salovey and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology wrote, “Given our university’s commitment to complying with federal law, I am dismayed that the DOJ inexplicably rushed to conclude its investigation without conducting a fully informed analysis, which would have shown that Yale’s practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent.”

The Department of Justice found Yale discriminates based on race and national origin in its undergraduate admissions process, and that race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year. 

The DOJ also mentions, “For the great majority of applicants, Asian Americans and whites have only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials. Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit.”

The Department of Justice has demanded Yale agree not to use race or national origin in its upcoming 2020-2021 undergraduate admissions cycle, and, if Yale proposes to consider race or national origin in future admissions cycles, it must first submit to the Department of Justice a plan demonstrating its proposal is narrowly tailored as required by law, including by identifying a date for the end of race discrimination. 

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