Brett Samuels, The Hill, September 26, 2018
The Department of Justice and the Department of Education have launched an investigation focused on whether Yale University illegally discriminates against Asian-American applicants in its admissions process, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The newspaper reported that the investigation stems from a 2016 complaint filed by the Asian American Coalition for Education and other Asian-American organizations, which claimed that Yale, Brown University and Dartmouth specifically treated Asian-American applicants differently based on race.
The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights notified the group behind the complaint on Wednesday that it is joining the probe.
[Yale President Peter] Salovey said the university seeks to create a diverse student body through its admissions process and looks beyond academic criteria when determining which students are accepted.
He noted that the number of Asian-American students who arrive as freshmen each year has grown from 14 percent in the class of 2007 to 21.7 percent in the class of 2022.
“The creation of a diverse academic community has not come at the expense of applications of any racial or ethnic background,” Salovey said.
The Department of Justice last month backed a group of Asian-American students suing Harvard for alleged discrimination in the admissions process.