The University of Iowa is fighting criminal charges against two administrators filed by a fired professor in his native country of Jordan.

University spokesman Tom Moore says the charges against associate medical school dean Lois Geist and former dean Paul Rothman are baseless and part of a harassment campaign by fired radiology professor Malik Juweid.

Juweid claims Geist called him and said that she and Rothman could have him killed if he pursued a civil lawsuit.

Moore says Geist hasn't initiated contact with Juweid since he left the U.S. in 2011. Geist and Rothman plan to skip a court hearing Sunday in Amman.

Moore says the university has retained a Jordanian lawyer, and questions how two Americans who've never been to Jordan can be subject to its courts.