Emphasis on “may” because they’re more confident than I am that subpoenaing her personnel records means they’re eyeing her as the suspect. It could be that they’re at a dead end in the investigation — which they are — and want to see if there’s any evidence in the files of someone bearing her a grudge.

Now that we’ve dispensed with our exercise of caution, read on:

The incident happened at the height of the school’s probe of plagiarism charges against her…

In addition to the plagiarism report, investigators want to examine all the information gleaned during the university’s probe and by a law firm and private investigator hired by the school to investigate the plagiarism allegations.

They also want Constantine’s financial contract with the school – which would include her salary, benefits and pension – and any other administrative personnel and academic records.

Sources said the records would provide investigators with a timeline on the tightly guarded 18-month plagiarism probe and what Constantine – one of only two tenured black Teachers College professors – stood to possibly lose if she were found guilty and her job were threatened.

The revelation that Constantine had been under university review provides a possible motive for a sympathetic friend to consider placing a noose on her door – thinking it could whip up support for her, sources said.

Here’s the New York Penal Code; scroll down to 240.50 to see what she’ll be charged with if she’s guilty, presuming they charge her with anything. Maximum sentence for a Class B misdemeanor, notwithstanding the countless hours spent chasing leads and the agony caused on campus: Three months.

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