The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against Yale University that accused the university of discriminating against Asian and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process.
The suit was originally filed in October, when the department, led by then-Attorney General William Barr, said, “Yale annually rejects numerous applications from Asian Americans and white applicants on the basis of their race.”
The decision to dismiss the lawsuit is the latest move by the Biden administration to change its position in several cases pending in federal courts across the country. The new administration also recently asked the Supreme Court to stay disputes in cases involving the U.S.-Mexico border wall and U.S. asylum policy.
The case against Yale University follows a similar case against Harvard University, where a group of opponents sued the university alleging that their admissions practices discriminated against Asian American students. The lower courts ruled that Harvard did not discriminate in admissions.