Anti-affirmative action group drops Yale lawsuit after university commits to changes

Yale University has announced significant changes to its admissions and enrollment policies in response to a lawsuit filed by the anti-affirmative action group, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA).

These changes include no longer considering an applicant’s race in admissions or financial aid decisions. They will also no longer distribute that information to the public or even their own admissions officers.

SFFA had previously challenged race-conscious admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this summer. Yale had a similar complaint against it in 2021, but it was put on hold pending the Supreme Court decision. In light of the changes, SFFA has dropped its case against Yale.

Yale officials have stated that, despite the changes in law, the university remains committed to its values and will continue efforts to diversify the campus, including hiring additional admissions staff to collaborate with college access organizations year-round.

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