from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeffrey D.
Coppoc appeals the district court's ruling on judicial
Coppoc, Ames, pro se appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, Jeffrey S. Thompson, Solicitor
General, and Tyler M. Smith (until withdrawal), Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Doyle and McDonald, JJ,
Coppoc appeals following judicial review of an administrative
action concerning the rate of pay he was entitled to while on
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. Because this case
involves "other agency action, " Coppoc was not
entitled to an evidentiary hearing before the Iowa Board of
Regents, the agency in this case. Accordingly, we affirm.
Background Facts and Proceedings.
began teaching classes as a lecturer at Iowa State University
(ISU) in 2004. Over the years, Coppoc signed letters of
intent setting forth the annual base salary at which ISU
would compensate him, the number of months he would work, and
whether he would be compensated at full-time or part-time
pay. If part-time, the letter provided what fraction of the
base salary Coppoc would receive. If Coppoc agreed to teach
additional courses, ISU increased Coppoc's salary based
on the total number of courses he taught.
2011, ISU provided Coppoc with a letter of intent to employ
him as a part-time employee at 3/4 the full-time rate from
August 2011 until May 2016. Coppoc signed the letter. In July
2015, Coppoc requested to take FMLA leave for the 2015-16
school year. Because Coppoc had agreed to teach an extra
class during the fall semester before taking FMLA leave, ISU
determined it should pay Coppoc leave at 7/8 the full-time
rate. Coppoc appealed this determination to the Iowa Board of
Regents, arguing he should receive full-time pay based on his
history of teaching enough extra courses to maintain a
full-time course load. After the board's director
determined Coppoc's appeal was discretionary and
dismissed it, Coppoc filed a petition for judicial review
claiming he was entitled to a contested case hearing on
appeal. The district court denied his petition. Coppoc
Scope and Standard of Review.
of agency action is governed by the Iowa Administrative
Procedures Act. See Iowa Code § 17A.19 (2016).
On appeal from the district court's ruling on judicial
review, we apply the standards of section 17A.19(10) to
determine whether we reach the same result as the district
Persons, Inc. v. Iowa Dep't of Human Servs., 878
N.W.2d 247, 250 (Iowa 2016). If we reach the same conclusions
as the district court, we affirm; if we do not, we may
reverse. See id.