The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Connecticut, says Yale’s admissions process is based on an “oversized, standard-less, deliberate use of race” favoring black and Hispanic applicants at the expense of their Asian and white counterparts.
“Rather than using race closely, temporally and purposefully to achieve specific and defined educational goals, Yale has institutionalized the use of racial preferences as a permanent feature of its admissions process and decisions,” the complaint said.
“Yale could only achieve the educational benefits of diversity through available, workable racially neutral alternatives,”
Yale’s Defense: Peter Salovey, president of Yale University, defended the school’s use of the breed as “an element in a multi-level test” by an applicant to create a diverse student body.
“Yale does not discriminate against applicants of any race or ethnicity. Our licensing practices are completely fair and lawful, ”he said. “Yale’s regulatory policy will not be changed by filing this unsubstantiated lawsuit. We look forward to defending this policy in court. “
The university previously stated that its admissions practices are in line with Supreme Court precedent and that they would not change them based on the Trump administration’s “baseless” allegations.
Key context: The lawsuit comes after the Justice Department informed Yale in August that it had completed a two-year investigation into the university’s admissions decisions, sparked by a 2016 complaint filed by Asian-American groups.
The Trump administration’s lawsuit against Yale is part of a broader effort targeting the admissions practices of elite universities.
A federal appeals court in Boston last month heard arguments over a Trump administration-backed legal challenge to Harvard University’s race-based positive action guidelines.
In 2018, the Department of Justice and Education removed the Obama-era guidance that colleges might consider race when trying to make campuses more diverse.