“I want to be clear: Yale does not discriminate against applicants of any race or ethnicity,” Mr. Salovey said.
In August, the Justice Department accused Yale of violating federal civil rights law, in an escalation of the Trump administration’s moves against race-based admissions policies at elite universities.
The department demanded that the university stop considering race or national origin in its next admissions cycle or face a federal lawsuit.
The charge, coming after a two-year investigation of a complaint by a coalition of Asian-American organizations, was the administration’s second confrontation with an Ivy League school over admissions policies.
Two years ago, the Justice Department publicly backed Asian-American students who accused Harvard in a lawsuit of systematically discriminating against them; a federal judge ruled in Harvard’s favor last year, but the federal government continues to support the plaintiffs.