Fired Tennessee official says she was harassed

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's former student affairs judicial director says she was harassed and pressured by university administrators before getting fired for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into whether she had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes.

Jenny Wright, who was fired in May, discussed the circumstances surrounding her dismissal this week on her website.

Her statement was first reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

Wright was fired after failing to appear at a meeting to discuss the allegations against her. Wright, who has denied the allegations, says she was accused of retaliating against a student-athlete and initiating the disciplinary process to suspend him from the university.

Tennessee vice chancellor Margie Nichols said the school wouldn't comment on Wright's statement while the investigation is ongoing. Knoxville lawyer Beecher Bartlett is handling the investigation.


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