The Ivy League university is accused of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act

The Justice Department is accusing Yale University of discriminating against Asian American applicants.

According to the Justice Department, the Ivy League university is accused of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Asian and white applicants are claimed to be discriminated against compared to African American applicants with similar academic credentials.

“Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race,”the Justice Department said.

It added that the Connecticut college “uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission.”

Yale spokeswoman Karen Peart said the college “categorically denies” the allegations but will cooperate with investigations.

“Had the Department fully received and fairly weighed this information, it would have concluded that Yale’s practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent,” the spokeswoman said.

In 2018 Harvard was accused of limiting the number of Asian Americans admitted into the university. The US Justice Department threatened to sue the university if the institution failed to hand over certain records.

Harvard was accused of favouring black, Hispanic and white applicants over Asians who had the same grades. It was argued that more Asians would be admitted if admissions processed relied solely on race.

Eventually, the court ruled that Harvard was right to use race as a factor in admissions