While finishing the final term of my MA at an Illinois graduate school, I discovered that one of my professors (and Department Head of Training) plagiarized about 70% of her Doctoral thesis (my estimation). She is an doctoral alumnus of this school, which is how I came across her thesis. I reported it to an Ethics professor who stated he would report it ASAP. Two weeks later, I was put through the wringer by an Ethics Committee (which included the plagiarizing professor). Basically, I fought tooth and nail to graduate, as there were numerous trumped up charges against me. Over several months, I was fighting for my degree. The plagiarizing professor's thesis was investigated, but the school determined it wasn't plagiarized. In a computer analysis by turnitin.com, it was determined that approx. 50% of the thesis was indeed plagiarized. The plagiarizing professor was fired and her doctoral degree was rescinded.
I'm wondering if I have any legal recourse, such as breach of contract, to sue this school as they put me through the gauntlet and painted me as a troublemaker in the eyes of the educational community. I've since graduated and moved to another state. Also, according to the handbook catalog, the school states that it hires well-qualified and highly experienced professors. She had two years of experience and had fraudulently obtained the doctoral degree that allowed her to teach/train us students at the school.
Any legal suggestions regarding the tricky realm of academic plagiarism?