KNOXVILLE — Tennessee has fired Jenny Wright, the director of the school's office of student judicial affairs, for failing to cooperate with a university investigation into whether she had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes.
The dismissal was first reported by Knoxville radio station WNML.
Wright submitted a letter of resignation on Thursday, according to emails provided through a public records request. Matthew Scoggins, an assistant general counsel for the university, wrote that the school wouldn't accept her resignation because it wanted her to cooperate with the investigation and respond to the allegations against her.
When Wright opted against appearing at a meeting Monday with provost and senior vice chancellor Susan Martin to address the issue, she was fired. Tennessee sent Wright a letter Monday stating that she was being terminated "for unsatisfactory work-related behavior" and for her "failure to comply with the directives of authorized university officials to cooperate with a university investigation."
"She'd submitted a letter of resignation prior to that, and then the university terminated her," said Robert Kurtz, the lawyer representing Wright.
Kurtz declined to provide any other details on Wright's dismissal.