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Case No. 23-1151

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Qingli Meng
Iowa Board of Regents


Qingli Meng


Iowa Board of Regents

Attorney for the Appellant

Jonathan M. Causey

Attorney for the Appellee

Christopher J. Deist, Assistant Attorney General, and Tessa M. Register (until withdrawal) and Eric Wessan, Assistant Solicitors General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 27, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Joseph Seidlin, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (18 pages)

            Dr. Qingli Meng challenges the district court’s denial of her petition for judicial review.  OPINION HOLDS: Both the university-wide standards in chapter three of the Faculty Handbook as well as the old department-specific standards that Dr. Meng opted into governed the procedure here; therefore, the Committee and Head of the Department relied on the correct procedure in evaluating Dr. Meng’s application for tenure and the Board of Regents did the same in accepting their decision.  Its decision to deny her tenure was rational, made with regard to the law and facts, and based on reasonable grounds.  For these reasons, we affirm the district court’s denial of Dr. Meng’s petition for judicial review.

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