CAPAC Chair Statement on DOJ Accusation of Anti-Asian Discrimination at Yale

Aug 14, 2020 Issues: Civil Rights, Education

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division accused Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and White undergraduate applicants in its admissions process. Yale University responded saying that it “categorically denies this allegation” and that “Yale’s practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent” that allow race to be used as one of many factors in the higher education admissions process. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“Allegations of discrimination against Asian Americans in Yale University’s admissions process are very serious and disturbing. But for such an allegation to be proven, there must be fairness and complete findings. I was troubled to hear that Yale did not have the chance to fully submit documents to the DOJ’s investigation before a determination was made. It is critical that we have a full accounting of what is really going on in order to get to the bottom of these charges. Only through a full, transparent, and impartial investigation can we ensure the higher education admissions process is fair to everyone. The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus is committed to transparency, diversity, and opportunity for all in the higher education admissions process and will continue to monitor this case closely to ensure these principles are upheld.”