Memo signals Justice Dept. may sue over college affirmative action

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A major change could be coming in how affirmative action is used in college admissions.

According to a memo obtained by the New York Times, the Justice Department is getting ready to investigate and possibly sue colleges and universities whose affirmative action policies, they believe, discriminate against white applicants.

The Justice Department is pushing back against the New York Times report, saying the document they obtained "does not reflect a new policy or any changes to longstanding Department of Justice policies."    

Affirmative action is a policy designed to eliminate discrimination in higher education admissions by recruiting traditionally excluded groups such as minority students or women.    

Jose Herrera, provost at Mercy College, says current affirmative action policies are designed for equity, not equality.

"Equality is about treating everyone the same. Equity is treating people differently so that we can all have the same vantage point," he told News 12
 

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