Hearings on Racial Discrimination in New York Medical School Started by City Council

The New York Council committee studying discrimination in the city’s institutions of higher learning met today hear the testimony of members f the Cornell Medical Collage board of admissions. The session was closed to the public.

Thus far committee, which was formed last month, has been investigating the Cornel medical school, but it is expected that officials of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons will also be called to testify. Both the schools have been charged with discrimination against qualified residents of the city on racial and religious grounds.

Although the schools maintain they must give first priority to their own under graduates, the number of rejections of applications for admissions of New York City residents has increased to so great an extent within recent years that many civil and religious organizations have protested.

At today’s hearing a letter from former Dean William S. Ladd of the Cornell medical school admitting that the college has a quota system for Jewish students in 1940, was introduced. The present dean, Dr. Joseph C. Hinse, insisted that the school has no quota new and accepts students on the basis of their college records.

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