The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) notified Yale University on Thursday of its findings that the institution discriminated Asian American and white applicants in its admissions process.
The DOJ said in a press release that its findings "are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian American groups concerning Yale's conduct," and that "Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit."
Students of Yale University attend the 313th Commencement of Yale University at the Old Campus in New Haven, the United States, May 19, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)
Yale, according to the DOJ, "discriminates based on race and national origin in its undergraduate admissions process, and that race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year."
The Supreme Court held that colleges receiving federal funds may consider applicants' race in certain limited circumstances as one of a number of factors, the DOJ said, adding, however, it found "Yale's use of race is anything but limited."
Yale spokeswoman Karen Peart denied the DOJ's accusation, saying in a statement that the university was "dismayed that the DOJ has made its determination before allowing Yale to provide all the information the Department has requested thus far," adding that Yale's practices "absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent."
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