The U.S. Department of justice on Thursday accused Yale University of illegally discriminating against Asian Americans and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process, violating U.S. civil rights law. The findings are the result of a two-year investigation into complaints from Asian American groups about Yale’s behavior, the Department said in a statement. The U.S. Department of Justice said it would sue Yale if it did not take “remedial measures.”. < p > < p > the Ministry of Justice said that while in limited circumstances, universities could legally consider race in their admissions process, “Yale’s use of race is completely excessive.”. The Department of justice has previously submitted a legal brief in support of a lawsuit filed by opponents of affirmative action, accusing Harvard of discriminating against Asian Americans. A federal judge in Boston ruled in favor of Harvard last year, saying the University’s affirmative action plan promotes the legitimate interests of a diverse student community. The equal rights act in higher education aims to address racial discrimination, according to the report. The Supreme Court has ruled that universities can act under the equal rights act to help ethnic minority applicants enter universities. American conservatives say affirmative action could hurt white and Asian Americans while helping black and Latino applicants.