Justice Department drops race discrimination lawsuit against Yale University

By: | February 4, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice is dropping its controversial lawsuit brought by the Trump administration against Yale University, in which it accused the school of illegally discriminating against white and Asian American applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. Justice Department lawyers submitted a four-sentence “notice of voluntary dismissal” to the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed to NPR that it had dismissed the lawsuit “in light of all available facts, circumstances, and legal developments.”

“The department will further review this matter through its administrative process,” the spokesperson added. “The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that neither the United States nor the court has made any final determination in this matter.”

The DOJ has also withdrawn its notice finding that Yale’s practices violated Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, though the spokesperson said an underlying investigation to ensure Title VI compliance is ongoing.

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