IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -

The Iowa Court of Appeals says the University of Iowa must release a settlement with a former medical school employee who left after a personnel dispute.

The court Wednesday rejected the former employee's lawsuit, which argued the document shouldn't be released in response to a records request by The Associated Press filed two years ago.

Rather than divulge the record, the university gave the employee time to challenge its release. The employee did so under the pseudonym, John Doe. The AP intervened in the case.

A judge last year ordered the record's release. Doe appealed.

The court says the agreement changed Doe's duties but maintained his salary for a year before his 2011 resignation. It says the public has a right to know how money's spent to settle university disputes.