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Zak, also... because you accepted my answer in the other thread before I was able to add the information, I'll add it to this thread. You should know the elements of a defamation claim.
In order to prove defamation, you need to establish (1) a false and defamatory statement, (2) that was published - written or stated, (3) either recklessly or negligently, and (4) there were damages (often financial, but reputational would work as well). Explain to them that her obnoxious "you must have cheated" statement meets that 100%. I'm sure you can find other instances where she has made statements that weren't appropriate. Use them to shore up your argument.
When you get an attorney, you may wish to suggest to him to imply that she is a "loose cannon" - she hasn't been there that long, she doesn't have a track record, and she's wildly inconsistent in her interactions with students. She is, in short, a liability to the school. But that's something the atty should suggest to administration - not you. Please let me know if you have any questions... I'm rooting for you :)
Hi Zak. I wanted to check in with you to make sure you had all of the information you wanted to obtain when you posted your question. Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional clarification about anything.