Former official accuses people at UT of destroying her career

Former official accuses people at UT of destroying her career

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Jenny Wright and her dog (source: Facebook) Jenny Wright and her dog (source: Facebook)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Former University of Tennessee official Jenny Wright says individuals at the university destroyed her professional career and her personal reputation in a matter of hours.

Wright was fired in May from her position as director of judicial affairs.

The school claimed she refused to cooperate with an investigation into allegations that she had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes.

In an essay posted on her personal website, Wright says the university alleged she had retaliated against a student-athlete by initiating the disciplinary process to have him suspended.

Wright said she vehemently denied the allegations, and then faced a hostile and stressful work environment, discrimination, significant professional and person turmoil, as well as physical and emotional distress.

The stress of the situation was documented in emails obtained by 6 News earlier this year.

In her recent online statement, Wright also outlines how she fears an investigation would turn into what she calls a "sensationalist exhibition" and would expose victims of sexual and interpersonal violence.

Wright says these and other fears were the primary factors in submitting her resignation before she was fired.

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