A UT staffer has been terminated and accused of having inappopriate relations with student athletes.
Jimmy Hyams, Sports Director
WIVK has learned that Jenny Wright, director of the office of student judicial affairs, has been terminated for failure to cooperate with a UT investigation into whether she had inappropriate relations with student-athletes. One of those athletes, we’re told by sources, is former UT basketball player Trae Golden.
Our sister station, 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.
Wright was given the right to request an administrative review of the action by May 28 to UT’s Human Resources.
A letter from UT assistant general counsel Matthew Scoggins was sent to Wright on May 10 saying that based on her refusal to cooperate in the investigation into allegations regarding her actions, UT has reason to believe that grounds exist to terminate her employment for unsatisfactory work-related behavior.
Efforts to reach Beecher Bartlett and Wright’s attorney, Robert Kurtz, were unsuccessful.
What we don’t know when or why the investigation began or how many student-athletes, other than Golden, might be involved.