Yale IS guilty of discriminating against white and Asian American applicants: Justice Department says university is favoring black students as investigation finds race is the 'determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year'

A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University favored black students and illegally discriminated against white and Asian American applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said.  
The findings were detailed in a letter to the college's attorneys on Thursday, following a two-year investigation after students had complained about the application process at some Ivy League schools.
It marks the latest action by the Trump administration aimed at rooting out discrimination in college admissions.  
The two-year investigation concluded that Yale 'rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,' the Justice Department said. 
A two-year investigation by the Department of Justice found Yale University (pictured) has illegally discriminated against Asian American and white applicants
 A two-year investigation by the Department of Justice found Yale University (pictured) has illegally discriminated against Asian American and white applicants
The investigation stemmed from a 2016 complaint against Yale (pictured) Brown and Dartmouth after some students complained about the application process at Ivy League schools
The investigation stemmed from a 2016 complaint against Yale (pictured) Brown and Dartmouth after some students complained about the application process at Ivy League schools
The investigation stemmed from a 2016 complaint against Yale, Brown and Dartmouth.
The Justice Department had previously filed court papers siding with Asian American groups who had levied similar allegations against Harvard University. 
'Yale's race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants,' Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who heads the department's civil rights division, said. 
Prosecutors found that Yale has been discriminating against applicants to its undergraduate program based on their race and national origin and 'that race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.' 
The investigation concluded that Asian American and white students have 'only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials,' the Justice Department said.
'Unlawfully dividing Americans into racial and ethnic blocs fosters stereotypes, bitterness, and division,' Dreiband said in a statement. 
'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.'
The investigation also found that Yale uses race as a factor in multiple steps of the admissions process and that Yale 'racially balances its classes.'
The Supreme Court has ruled colleges and universities may consider race in admissions decisions but has said that must be done in a narrowly tailored way to promote diversity and should be limited in time. 
Schools also bear the burden of showing why their consideration of race is appropriate.
In a statement, Yale said it 'categorically denies this allegation,' has cooperated fully with the investigation and has been continually turning over 'a substantial amount of information and data.'
'Given our commitment to complying with federal law, we are dismayed that the DOJ has made its determination before allowing Yale to provide all the information the Department has requested thus far,' the university said in a statement. 
'Had the Department fully received and fairly weighed this information, it would have concluded that Yale's practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent.'
The university said it considers a multitude of factors and looks at 'the whole person when selecting whom to admit among the many thousands of highly qualified applicants.'
Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who heads the department's civil rights division, said the university imposed 'undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants'
Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who heads the department's civil rights division, said the university imposed 'undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants'
'We are proud of Yale's admissions practices, and we will not change them on the basis of such a meritless, hasty accusation,' the statement said.
Responding to the 2018 announcement of the investigation, Yale's president said race is just one of 'a multitude' of factors the school considers when weighing applications.
'Yale College could fill its entire entering class several times over with applicants who reach the 99th percentile in standardized testing and who have perfect high school grade point averages, but we do not base admission on such numbers alone,' President Peter Salovey wrote. 
'Rather, we look at the whole person when selecting whom to admit among the many thousands of highly qualified applicants.'
Over the previous 15 years, he said, the number of Asian American students in Yale's incoming classes grew from 14 per cent to 22 per cent. 
He added that the school's approach 'complies fully with all legal requirements and has been endorsed repeatedly by the Supreme Court.'
The Department of Justice said in its findings that Yale 'racially balances its classes'
The Department of Justice said in its findings that Yale 'racially balances its classes'
The Justice Department has demanded that Yale immediately stop and agree not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions. 
The government also says that if Yale proposes that it will continue to use race or national origin as a factor in future admission cycles, the college must first submit a plan to the Justice Department 'demonstrating its proposal is narrowly tailored as required by law, including by identifying a date for the end of race discrimination.'
The Justice Department has also previously raised similar concerns about Harvard University, which prosecutors accused of 'engaging in outright racial balancing,' siding with Asian American students in a lawsuit who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against them.
A federal judge in 2019 cleared Harvard of discriminating against Asian American applicants in a ruling that was seen as a major victory for supporters of affirmative action in college admissions across the U.S. 
That ruling has been appealed and arguments are scheduled for next month.
In the Harvard case, the Justice Department had argued that the university went too far in its use of race, but the judge disagreed. 
Though the Supreme Court has ruled that colleges' use of race in admissions must be 'narrowly tailored' and can be only a 'plus factor,' past rulings still give colleges wide latitude in considering a wide range of factors, including race, as they build their classes.
Yale IS guilty of discriminating against white and Asian American applicants: Justice Department says university is favoring black students as investigation finds race is the 'determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year' Yale IS guilty of discriminating against white and Asian American applicants: Justice Department says university is favoring black students as investigation finds race is the 'determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:22 Rating: 5

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