SUPREME COURT: Backs Termination of University of Iowa Dean

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University of Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled to uphold the University of Iowa President Sally Mason’s decision to fire the longtime Dean of students for mishandling a high-profile sexual assault case.

On Friday the court rejected claims by Phillip Jones that he was wrongly terminated.

The court said that Jones was terminated in 2008 because Mason had lost confidence in him.

Mason said the evidence showed Jones responded inadequately to secure the rights and safety of a female athlete who was assaulted by two football players in 2007.

The court said that was a legitimate and nondiscriminatory reason for Mason to fire him.

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