Yale University has been indicted by the government for discriminating against whites and Asian Americans. The university favors Hispanic and Black students in the admission process, according to the Department of Justice.
The government had already warned the University of New Haven, Connecticut, about the lawsuit. At the time, Yale had said she would not stop the “lineage-sensitive” application process. The university is among the top private universities in the United States.
The lawsuit appears to be part of President Donald Trump’s campaign against university diversity policies. Higher education tries to tackle the years of discrimination against the black community.
Two years ago, the Department of Justice started an investigation into Harvard University policy, and last month the Department of Education announced an investigation into Princeton University.
The government believes that Yale is violating civil rights by using ethnicity and origin as a determining factor in admitting new students.
Yale says the admission process is fair and lawful. It is also emphasized that parentage is just one of the many elements taken into account in a thorough procedure.
“I want to be clear about this: Yale does not discriminate against any candidate based on race or ethnicity,” Chairman Peter Salovey told the New York Times.
The Justice Department accusation, he says, is based on “inaccurate statistics and unfounded conclusions. Yale’s admissions policy will not change based on this groundless lawsuit. We look forward to defending our policy in court,” it says.