Yale University’s undergraduate admissions process “illegally discriminates” against White and Asian students, the Department of Justice said Thursday.
A two-year investigation into the Ivy League school found that “race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year,” in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ said in a press release.
The department said Yale must agree not to use race or national origin as criteria in its next admissions cycle, and that if it plans to consider race in the future, “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.”
BREAKING: U.S. Justice Dept. accuses Yale University of illegally discriminating against Asian American and white students in admissions, a major escalation of the admin.'s attacks on affirmative action. https://t.co/L5nJ1BDAFV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 13, 2020
DOJ says Yale has until Aug. 27 to agree to voluntarily remedial measures:
-no race or national origin use in 2020-2021 undergraduate admissions cycle
-run any proposed plan to use race by DOJ first
-any proposal should include an end date to Yale’s use of race pic.twitter.com/FA9j5Fj8Dj
— Todd Ruger (@ToddRuger) August 13, 2020