The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found that Yale University has been discriminating against Asian and White American applicants in its undergraduate admissions process.
The DOJ conducted a two-year investigation into alleged discrimination in undergraduate admissions with respect to domestic non-transfer applicants to Yale College. The allegations were lodged by Asian American groups.
The investigation involves a thorough review of documentation related to the university’s undergraduate admissions process, interviews with admissions officials, and analysis of admissions data.
The Department concluded its investigation with the findings that “Yale’s discrimination is long-standing and ongoing. The university discriminates based on the race and national origin of applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. Race is the determinative factor in its admissions decisions every year. Asian and White Americans represent only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission compared to African American applicants with similar academic credentials. Every year, Yale rejects scores of Asian Americans and White applicants based on their race. Otherwise, the university would admit them.
Yale violated civil rights laws
According to the DOJ, Yale receives millions of dollars in taxpayer money. Its conduct violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.