UT report: no evidence of misconduct by former director of Stude

UT report: no evidence of misconduct by former director of Student Judicial Affairs

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Jenny Wright and her dog (source: Facebook) Jenny Wright and her dog (source: Facebook)
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An investigation commissioned by the University of Tennessee found no evidence that former director of judicial affairs Jenny Wright had inappropriate relations with student athletes.

Wright was terminated in May 2013 for failure to cooperate with the investigation.

Previous story: UT's director of judicial affairs fired after allegations of inappropriate relations with students

According to the report released by the university, no evidence was found that Wright engaged in a sexual relationship with a student athlete, as that player had claimed. No interviews revealed anyone seeing the two together other than during the investigation and during annual presentations to the team.

There was also no evidence to support rumors Wright had relationships with any football players.

More online: Read the full report [PDF]

The investigation did reveal Wright had a brief involvement outside of work with Brad Pendergrass, who was at the time director of football operations. The relationship may have been against UT officials' directive to Student Life employees to refrain from dating students, coaches or assistant coaches

The law firm retained by the school to investigate the matter recommended the development of a written departmental policy on the subject of prohibited relationships. The firm also recommended the department issue communication to employees of the athletics department that threats against an employee in an effort to impede their work related to student disciplinary action and compliance matters is a violation of the university's Code of Conduct.

The Office of Student Life also conducted its own operational review and has already implemented some of the recommended changes, including changing the name of the office to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

A national search is currently being conducted for a new director.

Wright issued a statement Thursday morning saying she is relieved the investigation has concluded and that she has consistently maintained that she has never engaged in any inappropriate conduct with or against students.

More online: Read Wright's full statement [PDF]

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