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Dominican University Affirms Commitment to Diversity and Equity

Saturday, July 7, 2018

 On July 3, 2018, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education withdrew previous guidelines regarding the use of race to achieve diversity in higher education.  DOJ/DOE stated that the Obama era procedures advocated preferential treatment based on race beyond what was required by the Constitution, Title IV, and Title VI.  

Dominican University is opposed to and disappointed by the actions of DOJ/DOE. In our view, ensuring academic opportunity for students who have been systematically excluded from higher education is an imperative for realizing a fully actualized democratic society. As a Catholic university originally founded for the education of women, Dominican remains committed to our core values of equity, access and inclusive excellence. 

The underlying law related to consideration of race in admissions remains the same; we know that we cannot discriminate on the basis of race and we also know that universities, if not prohibited by state law, may consider race as a factor in admission decisions. In light of this recent federal action, however, Dominican will review its current admission policies and redouble its effort to provide opportunities for promising students of all backgrounds who desire the benefits of higher education.