- Yale University sued by the US Department of Justice
- The Ivy League school allegedly discriminates based on Race and National origin
- Yale University favours Black and Hispanic applicants in Undergraduate admission
The Yale University has been sued byy the U.S. Department of Justice which has claimed that the Ivy League school is discriminating against the White as well as the Asian-American applicants in its Undergraduate admissions by favouring the Black and Hispanic applicants.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in the federal court in Connecticut, was previously threatened by the government in a letter which gave the university a deadline to agree to stop considering an applicant’s race or national origin in its 2020-2021 admissions cycle.
The Ivy League school responded immediately that it would never abandon its race-conscious process.
In a statement the Assistant Attorney General, Eric Dreiband, said, “All persons who apply for admission to colleges and universities should expect and know that they will be judged by their character, talents, and achievements and not the color of their skin,”.
Dreiband added, “To do otherwise is to permit our institutions to foster stereotypes, bitterness, and division.”
This lawsuit against Yale University appears to be a part of the Trump administration’s campaign against programs in higher education as well as in corporate America which are being imposed claiming to be an attempt to correct historic discrimination against the Black community. The Labor Department recently sent letters to Microsoft Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. asking how their efforts to double their ranks of Black leaders comply with laws limiting the consideration of race in employment.
Twi years ago, the Justice Department, threw its weight behind a lawsuit which alleged the Harvard University discriminating against the Asian-American applicants, and just last month the Education Department said that it was opening an investigation of Princeton University, another Ivy League school, after the university’s president stated that “racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society” as part of an announcement of initiatives to diversify the school.
The US claims that the Yale University is violating the federal civil rights law by using the racial and ethnic data as “the determinative factor” in hundreds of admissions decisions taken every year, rather than as one of many considerations, as the Supreme Court has allowed.
Peter Salovey, Yale President, said, “I want to be clear: Yale does not discriminate against applicants of any race or ethnicity,” in a statement.
Salovey added, “Our admissions practices are completely fair and lawful. Yale’s admissions policies will not change as a result of the filing of this baseless lawsuit. We look forward to defending these policies in court.”
The New Haven, Connecticut, the university has said that its use of race in admissions “is fully in accord with Supreme Court precedent, and we hope to have the opportunity to explain our position” to the Justice Department. Going by the Justice Department’s lawsuit, between 2000 to 2017, the percentage of Black and Hispanic students that were admitted to the Yale University was higher than the percentage that applied, whereas the percentage of Asian-American and White students that were admitted was lower than the percentage that had applied.