Monday, May 13, 2013

Report: Tennessee employee fired for inappropriate relations with Volunteer student athletes

A University of Tennessee employee was fired Monday amid failure to cooperate with an investigation probing whether she had inappropriate relations with student athletes at the school.

Jenny Wright, director of the office of student judicial affairs, was dismissed early Monday morning. Wright, who holds an undergraduate degree and a law degree from UT, has been with the university since 2001.

The school said it had reason to believe that grounds existed to terminate her employment for "unsatisfactory work-related behavior."

More from Knoxville's "The Sports Animal":
The Sports Animal has obtained documents via the FOI act stating that she was fired today just before 9:30 am. Wright, who had worked at UT since 2001, was fired by Susan Martin, provost and senior vice chancellor, rather than by her immediate supervisor, Tim Rogers, vice chancellor for student life human resources, who oversees the office of student judicial affairs. A meeting was scheduled at 9 am today with Martin. Wright’s attorney, Robert Kurtz, said in a letter that his client respectfully declined the invitation to appear the meeting with Martin. 
Wright offered to resign May 9, according to documents, but UT did not accept her resignation due to the ongoing investigation. When she failed to cooperate with the investigation, being conducted by outside attorney Beecher Bartlett, then failed to appear at the meeting, she was fired.
Her name has since been removed from UT's student judicial affairs website. Wright's Twitter account has been deactivated, as well.

Wright has been given the right to request an administrative review of the action by May 28 to UT’s Human Resources if she so chooses to.

One of the student athletes who she was allegedly involved with includes former basketball player Tra Golden, who made a surprising move last week by announcing his intent to transfer to another school to play his senior season. An initial report stated that Golden was transferring on the basis of "repeated plagiarism" and academic dishonesty. However, his father quickly came out and refuted the accuracy of the claim.

Golden was the team's third-leading scorer (12.1 PPG) last season.

Via SB Nation

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