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UT: Investigation into employee's conduct with athletes does not involve NCAA

6:57 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-KNOXVILLE) The University of Tennessee continues to investigate whether a former UT employee had improper relationships with student athletes.

The university fired Jenny Wright, 32, earlier this week after she refused to cooperate with the investigation.

According to a UT spokesperson, one of Wright's responsibilities as director of student judicial affairs was to investigate and process cases of student misconduct, including the misconduct of student athletes.

Even though the internal investigation involves student athletes, a UT spokesperson said it is not an NCAA investigation with no NCAA-related issues at this time.

The NCAA referred 10News' questions back to the UT Athletic Department.

Chris Low, an ESPN.com writer and WBIR contributor, said there could be grounds for an NCAA investigation if there is a paper trail.

Some questions Low has as the UT investigation continues include the following: Was the university negligent in any way? Did anybody else know about it? Did Wright's alleged relationships with UT athletes keep them eligible?

Wright's personnel file shows a history of high scoring performance reviews.

In the most recent review, the 32-year-old received almost all fives or "consistently exceeds expectations."

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Timothy Rogers, rated her with a 3.68/4 on a review.

One colleague stated in a review, "I think she will grow into a very good administrator but will have to let go of her 'college days.'"

Another colleague said she was "very good at addressing student disciplinary matters."

In March, on top of her normal duties, UT appointed her to adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as well as the College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences.

Wright made approximately $70,000 per year as director of student judicial affairs.

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