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Court Upholds UI Dean's Firing

DES MOINES, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the firing of Phillip Jones, the former dean of students and vice president of student services at the University of Iowa.
   Jones was terminated after a report on the University's response to a sexual assault of a student athlete.
   That case involved former football players Cedric Everson and Ave Satterfield.  The two were accused of sexually assaulting the student athlete in 2007. 
   Satterfield later pleaded guilty to a nonsexual assault charge and a jury convicted Everson of misdemeanor assault.  If the two were convicted on more serious charges they could have faced decades in prison.
   In the aftermath of the assault, Jones told UI President Sally Mason of his intention to retire in 2009.  But in the fall of 2008, a review found Jones took no action for days after learning of the assault.  Weeks later the victims filed a criminal complaint with the Johnson County Attorney who charged and prosecuted the football players.
   After the review was released, Mason terminated Jones due to a "loss of confidence and trust in [him] based upon [his] failure to perform the duties and responsibilities of [his] position on behalf of the University of Iowa in response to the 2007 sexual assault."
   Jones later sued President Mason and the University of Iowa for wrongful termination.  But, after an appeal, the Iowa Supreme Court today upheld the ruling of a lower court in the university's favor.
 
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