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Department of Justice accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian Americans

The Department of Justice concluded after a two year investigation that Yale is violating civil rights laws by discriminating against Asian American and White applicants, NPR is reporting.

The DOJ says both groups have a 1/10 to 1/4 chance of getting into Yale compared to Blacks with similar qualifications.

It is threatening to file a lawsuit unless Yale makes changes, according to NBC. Similar lawsuits against Harvard, the University of Texas, Austin have failed.

“At Yale, we look at the whole person when selecting whom to admit among the many thousands of highly qualified applicants,” the university said. “We take into consideration a multitude of factors, including their academic achievement, interests, demonstrated leadership, background, success in taking maximum advantage of their secondary school and community resources, and the likelihood that they will contribute to the Yale community and the world.”

It has no plans to make any changes to its admissions policy.

According to NPR, the Justice Department is asking the Ivy League school not to consider race or national origin in its admissions criteria for 2020-2021. It said the use of race beyond that could be approved if “narrowly tailored.”

“This move fails to respond to the calls being made nationally to consider race in a way that would help us address racism,” Mitchell Chang, an education professor at UCLA said to NPR. “That’s what affirmative action policies were meant to do. To increase access to elite higher education. This very much runs counter to that.”

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