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BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 04, 2014 5:00 AM

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Regents approve new law master’s degree

University of Iowa students will now be able to formally study law in-depth without pursuing a practicing law career.

The state Board of Regents approved the UI’s request for a new master of studies in law through the College of Law, which will be geared toward students who would like legal knowledge for careers outside of the field.

The program would require 30 semester hours of study with several specialty tracks available, and it could be completed in one academic year. Students could also design a custom track of study.

However, the regents requested a follow-up presentation by law Dean Gail Agrawal in February as well as further information regarding admissions.

Some regents voiced concerns over whether less rigorous admissions requirements could cause confusion with other law-degree programs and other issues in the college.

They also discussed whether the new program, expected to be popular, could drain college resources.

Currier to see renovation

Currier Hall will see soon some upgrades.

The regents approved a UI proposal to renovate the third and fourth floors of the residence hall at its Wednesday telephonic meeting.

Work will include redoing windowsills, repainting walls, replacing carpet, and installing new air conditioners, in addition to some remodeling.

The project, expected to cost $3.2 million, will be phased in over a few summers and will be paid for with dormitory-improvement funds.

Dorm project moves along

A new residence hall has come closer to fruition.

The regents approved a UI plan to demolish the old Iowa City water plant at a cost of $2.35 million, funded with income from the UI treasurer’s temporary investments. The cost is higher than initial estimates of $1 million to $1.5 million.

The site has been vacant since the university acquired it in 2003. Officials plan to use to area, which is at the north point of Madison Street and down the hill from Burge, to construct a new residence hall.

— by Chris Higgins

Man accused of stealing check from employer

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of stealing a check from his employer.

Tyler Maxwell, 21, was charged Oct. 26 with forgery.

According to online court documents, Maxwell stole a check from his employer and made it out to himself for a value of $255.

Maxwell used a signature stamp of his employer to authenticate the check, and bank security caught Maxwell on camera depositing the stolen and forged check into his bank account.

When confronted by his employer, Maxwell denied stealing the check but offered to pay him back.

Maxwell later reportedly admitted to police that he did commit theft and forgery.

Forgery is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces numerous charges

Authorities have accused a local man of interrupting University of Iowa classes and assaulting police officers.

DeQuan Miles, 20, was charged Tuesday with interference with official acts inflicting bodily injury, assault on persons in certain occupations, assault on persons in certain occupations causing bodily injury, and trespass.

According to online court documents, Miles was reported to be harassing and disrupting class at Van Allen Hall, the Pappajohn Business Building, and Macbride Hall.

Authorities stopped Miles on the Pentacrest near Schaeffer Hall on the southeast corner of the building.

Miles was initially given a trespass warning for all university property on Sept. 15.

When being placed under arrest on Tuesday, Miles began pulling away, kicking, and fighting officials to prevent his arms from being put behind his back.

While authorities handcuffed Miles and held him against a tree, he kicked backwards and up, striking a police officer in the testicles.

Miles also stomped down on another police officer’s right foot, causing pain and discomfort.

Interference with official acts inflicting bodily injury is an aggravated misdemeanor. Assault on persons in certain occupations is a serious misdemeanor. Assault on persons in certain occupations causing bodily injury is an aggravated misdemeanor. Trespass is a simple misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

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