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After a medical school accused identical twins of cheating on exams, they won $1.5 million in damages

By 12/18/2022 4:00 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Since their infancy, identical twins Kayla and Kellie Bingham have done almost everything together.

Both share similar mannerisms, frequently finish each other’s sentences (or remark, “I was about to say the same”), plays midfield for their soccer teams, and decide to attend the same medical school, the University of South Carolina, to pursue careers as doctors.

The two were summoned to the administrator’s office in May 2016—their third year in college—a week after exams.

University employees found the twins’ identical answers on 296 out of 307 questions.

They both had identical incorrect responses to 54 questions.

The two vehemently denied cheating, but the administrator was persuaded that they were.

According to Kayla’s account to The Washington Post, “She told us that we were being accused of academic dishonesty.” We were stunned.

A university honor council looked into the Binghams and found they had worked together on their examinations.

By the time they chose to quit the school because they had become social outcasts after filing an appeal, the decision had already been reversed.

They sued the University, arguing that it ought to have known that identical twins frequently achieve equal test scores.

Both students submitted identical SAT scores of 1370 and shared very similar GPA and MCAT results.

The twins summoned a psychologist to testify that the identical responses might be explained by the fact that they have similar genetic profiles and frequently study together for exams.

The 31-year-old twins won the case in November, and a jury decided their favor, awarding them $1.5 million in damages.

According to Kayla, the institution falsely accused her and her sister, which jeopardized their aspirations of becoming doctors.

She said, “I just broke down.” The worst experience of my life, I thought.

As usual, the twins are now employed as government affairs consultants at a law business in Colombia, South Carolina.

After graduating from Florida’s law school.

The twins were seated close to each other during the exam, the institution alleged in court, and they looked to be “nodding abnormally” and writing notes suggesting communication efforts.

The jury, however, found against these allegations and gave the defendants each $750,000 in damages.

The verdict and the awarded damages have both been appealed by the University.

 

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