THE US government says Yale University is illegally discriminating against white and Asian-American applicants.
The results of a two-year investigation by the Department of Justice found the Ivy League university had breached civil rights law in its undergraduate admissions process.
The department threatened to file a lawsuit against the university if it failed to take “remedial” measures.
A Yale spokeswoman said the university “categorically” denied the accusations.
President Donald Trump’s administration has been a strong opponent of so-called affirmative action.
The programmes, which were supported by former President Barack Obama, seek to boost admissions of under-represented minorities, particularly Hispanics and African-Americans.