Ex-UI dean appeals lawsuit to Iowa Supreme Court

A district judge dismissed Phillip Jones' lawsuit last month

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IOWA CITY The former dean of students at the University of Iowa whose lawsuit against the school was dismissed by a judge is appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The Iowa City-Press Citizen says Phillip Jones' attorney filed the appeal last week.

Jones, who was fired in 2008, sued the university, several university officials and a Missouri law firm that investigated his handling of a high-profile sexual assault case involving football players. He claimed wrongful termination, defamation and violation of due process.

A district judge dismissed the lawsuit last month.

The university is in the middle of a similar lawsuit by former General Counsel Marcus Mills, who also was fired following the assault investigation. His lawsuit was transferred to federal court. A jury trial is set for December.

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