The U.S. Justice Department sued Yale University on Thursday, charging the university with illegal discrimination against Asian American and white applicants.
The suit follows through on a threat the Justice Department made to Yale in August: that it end consideration of race in admissions or face a lawsuit.
Yale’s admissions policies will not change as a result of the filing of this baseless lawsuit,” said a letter from Peter Salovey, Yale’s president, to the campus.
Specifically, he answered Justice Department statements that seek to prove that Yale engages in discrimination by noting that there is more to getting into Yale than having the best grades and test scores.
“In thinking about this issue, it is important to bear in mind the quality of Yale’s admissions pool.