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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Students walk on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Students walk on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut

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(Reuters) – Yale University was sued on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice, which accused the Ivy League school of illegally discriminating against Asian and white applicants in undergraduate admissions.

The Justice Department said Yale’s discrimination on the basis of race and national origin violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Thursday’s lawsuit followed a two-year investigation that followed a complaint by Asian-American groups about the New Haven, Connecticut-based university’s practices.

The Justice Department said in August it was prepared to sue if the school did not take “remedial measures.”

Yale had no immediate comment on the lawsuit. It has previously denied accusations of discrimination, and has said it cooperated with the government’s investigation.

The Justice Department has previously filed legal briefs supporting a lawsuit by affirmative action opponents accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-Americans.

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