College Refuses To Give Twins Degree, Has To Pay Them $1.5M Each


The Disciplinary Committee

The final exam had already lasted six hours, and the twins were beyond exhausted. But they pressed on, knowing this was more than just a simple examination. 

It should have been the stepping stone into their long-awaited careers.

But now they sat before the school disciplinary committee, their eyes blurred with tears as they watched the school snuff their dreams out. 

It’s Messy


It shouldn’t have been this messy. No one told them such things went to this extent. But the committee was serious. “Cheating in an examination is a severe offense,” one of the professors stated as he yanked his glasses off. 

“Admit you cheated, and we can put this behind us.”

That was a trap to get them to fess up. How could they admit to something they didn’t do? 

Medical University


Attending the Medical University of South Carolina had always been the plan for Beaufort natives Sadie and Sally Miller. After long days and nights spent studying in high school, they secured positions there. 

It was a dream come true, and the nineteen-year-old twins couldn’t believe their luck.

They had yet to learn how a simple misunderstanding would ruin their lives. 

Their Dream

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Being doctors had always been their endgame. Helping people regardless of any background spoke to them, and it should have been what they did until their last breath on earth. 

But now Sadie sat beside her sister, surrounded by a panel of professors, their school’s dean, their mom, and several student leaders.

The painful end was here. 

Study Buddies


Sadie sat in silence as the events unfolded before her. She remembered the week that led up to this painful day. Like many exam weeks, she and Sally had sat through the night studying. 

“This is it,” they’d reminded each other, grinning as they sipped their coffees and stacked more textbooks on their night desks.

But none of it would amount to anything. 

Sadie Miller


Sadie had never cheated in an exam in all her life. She was gifted that way, with a natural ability to remember things that most didn’t. She also loved studying and always chose it above going out with friends or even taking the holidays to travel the state. 

The only time she ever let loose was when Sally was in the picture, and they went out for ice cream or to the park.

But her sister was different. 

Sally Miller


Although identical twins and similar in every way possible, the twins were as different as day and night.

While Sadie loved cuddling on the couch with a good book, her sister Sally enjoyed the outdoors. 

Which campus party didn’t she attend, and which Friday night didn’t she spend away from their sorority house? Sadie had always told her this behavior would come back to bite her if she wasn’t careful. Now, here they were.



She watched Sally as the professors continued talking. Unlike her, awash in tears, Sally was clear-eyed, leaning into her seat like nothing was wrong.

Instead of crossing her legs as a lady should have, she sat with her knees as wide as possible. She’d worn cargo shorts instead of a respectable dress, chewing gum that Sadie couldn’t remember her buying.

How could she be so unhinged?

A Hard Worker


Sadie sat quietly as her dreams faded before her eyes. Her mom, who was beside her, squeezed her fingers in support. Even she knew Sadie couldn’t have cheated. 

The girl always worked hard and had results to show for it. She was the leading student in high school and most exams through their four years of medical school – a feat for many.

But could the same be said about her sister?       

An Indescribable Connection


Although Sadie and Sally had behavioral differences, they both excelled in school. They were familiar with that indescribable connection that only twins had, which usually shone in their academic results. 

Yes, the twins typically scored similar results, although a few points would usually separate them.

So when the disciplinary committee presented the exam results, Sadie knew they would be nearly identical. 

The Tip Of The Iceberg


The professors claimed that they noticed some sketchy behavior during the exams the twins took in the school library. Although the twins sat across the room from each other, they worked through the questions at a similar pace. 

They kept lifting their heads to search each other out and even asked for pencils almost simultaneously.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

An Interesting Find


As the exam answers were being monitored in real-time, the head professor noticed something that had him leaning toward his computer’s screen.

The twins were not only moving from one question to the next at a similar pace but getting the same answers correctly.

But that wasn’t the brow-raising part. 



The twins also got the same incorrect answers, indicating they must’ve been communicating. The professor thought he was reading too much into this, but after two hours of the same, he decided enough was enough.  

He informed the invigilator in charge of the exam, telling her there was an examination irregularity.

That alone prompted an investigation. If the twins were cheating, they would face the consequences of their actions. 

Unscrupulous Activities


Like many schools across the globe, the Medical University of South Carolina has zero tolerance for cheating.

“An institution meant to produce healers cannot be involved in such unscrupulous activities,” said the dean at the disciplinary hearing.

“No sick person would want to be treated by a doctor who doesn’t know anything about medicine but has a degree saying they’re qualified to diagnose and prescribe medicine or medical procedures,” he added.

Quack Doctors 


Sadie could understand where he was coming from. This was a severe issue, especially in a world rife with liars and people who get to high places by forging documents. 

Unlike many other professions, medicine demanded a complete understanding of the material. As the dean said, “No one would want to be treated by a quack.”

But did that mean that she and Sadie were liars? 

The Evidence 

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The professors laid the irrefutable evidence before them. Footage of the exam room played before Sadie and Sally, showing the twins pushing away from their computers at almost the same time. 

They requested stationary and constantly nodded their heads during the six-hour period.

They also looked around the classroom and shuffled their scratch papers simultaneously. 

The Inference 


The dean paused the video and said the twins were signaling each other and possibly passing notes. It didn’t matter that the twins sat three rows away from each other.

The dean failed to mention that there wasn’t a moment where the two locked eyes during the exam. 

But that aside, the test scores proved his point. The twins had scored the same in their final exam, crediting the disciplinary committee’s belief that they cheated. 

The Verdict  


The committee read its final verdict. It was suspending the twins for a thousand academic days, effective immediately. That meant Sadie and Sally’s last semester of school didn’t count. They would have to go home for three years before returning to retake their final exam. 

Sadie had never seen Sally break down before. She was usually the stronger one emotionally.

Today would be different. 

Shattered Dreams 


Tears tipped Sally’s lashes to match the ones racing down Sadie’s cheeks. The dream they once could see so clearly was no longer visible to them.

The years spent playing doctor as kids were wasted, and the future they’d worked hard to attain was gone. 

Sally reached a hand to Sadie before standing up to hug her. “I’m so sorry,” she whispered, ignoring whatever else the dean said. 

Going Home 


Sadie and Sally had been through a lot in their lives. After losing their dad at the tender age of seven, they vowed to work hard so they could take care of their mom. Now that, too, was off the table. 

Sally, who rarely shed tears, couldn’t stop crying on their way home.

She couldn’t even look Sadie in the eyes and kept sniffling, her gaze bound to the blurred South Carolina vista rushing outside their car. 

This Is Far From Over


“It’s not over, girls,” their mom kept repeating, even though she knew it was done. A three-year suspension was nothing to scoff at, and that’s what the twins were facing. 

“I’ll call in some favors and see if we can’t do something about this misunderstanding.” She knew the committee had made a mistake as someone who’d been there throughout the girls’ lives.

The committee had no idea whose daughters it had just messed with.



Mrs. Miller, Sadie, and Sally’s mom knew she had a lot cut out for her. As a single mom trying to watch over two grown daughters while balancing work, she had a lot on her plate. 

But she’d always tackled her issues head-on. She was a proud woman who never gave up.

She rarely let someone swing at her without swinging back. This was war. 

She Has A Plan


By the time she and her daughters reached their house, she’d already made a goal to focus on. It was simple: ensure the year’s graduation list included Sadie and Sally’s names. 

The path to that goal was still shrouded in darkness, although Mrs. Miller knew it involved her and the university.

As she cooked dinner that evening, she formulated several paths that would successfully see her goal through. 

A Clear Goal


Mrs. Miller had a goal in mind. By midnight that night, she already had a clear path that would lead to fulfilling this goal.

She needed a few things that would prove her case. 

The first was her daughters’ past examination results. She needed to show the university that their results didn’t mean anything when it came to Sadie and Sally. They’d been getting similar results all their lives. But that was just the start.

The Next Part Of Her Plan


Mrs. Miller would also need to visit the hospital where Sadie and Sally grew up.

The hospital was in North Carolina, which meant she’d have to go on a little road trip. 

She and her daughters had spent a little over a decade in North Carolina when the twins’ dad was still alive. After his unfortunate passing, they relocated back to their native town. Going back to their old city would help a lot.

A Sound Plan


With the plan set, Mrs. Miller started putting things in place. The first thing she did was visit the university. She asked for Sadie and Sally’s exam results beginning from their first year to the last exam they did.

The official at the examinations department was shocked to see Mrs. Miller back so soon.

He’d been there at the hearing and had watched as the committee passed on their judgment. He had no idea what Mrs. Miller was planning.  

High School


With the results in hand, Mrs. Miller drove to her next destination: Sadie and Sally’s high school.

She spent an hour there, talking to the school principal and explaining everything that happened. 

Afterward, she walked out with her daughters’ test results since they’d stepped into that school. Things were slowly coming together. 

A Change Of Scenery


Mrs. Miller’s next destination was North Carolina. She knew she couldn’t drive for that long and had already told her daughters she’d booked a bus ticket for all of them to visit their old neighborhood. 

“You need a change of scenery,” she said conveniently, not mentioning that she was visiting one of the hospitals she’d been taking them as kids.

She needed a few documents there that would help them win this case. 

Going On A Trip 


The trip across state lines was a quiet one. Usually a chatty bunch, the twins were withdrawn.

Sadie was lost in a gothic novel while Sally was listening to music on her phone. 

When they reached their old town, the two went to the house they’d spent ten years living in to say “hi” to the owners while their mom went to the hospital. 

She Has Everything She Needs 


By afternoon, Mrs. Miller had everything she needed from the hospital. Still, she hadn’t collected all the material required to prove her daughter’s innocence.

She still needed to go to the hospital in their current town for more documents.

This journey had taken a lot from her mentally, physically, and financially. But for her daughters, the mom would do anything.

Scheduling An Appointment


Mrs. Miller collected all the test results from her daughters’ past academic achievements and returned to their university the following week. 

She scheduled an appointment with the dean overseeing the disciplinary proceeding and laid out her own evidence.

She’d save her daughters’ future if it were the last thing she did. 

Her Evidence 


Mrs. Miller’s documents included her daughter’s college, high school, and even preschool exam scores. She’d brought Sadie and Sally’s SATs, the MCATs, and LSTATS results, which were almost identical. 

Her documents also had cognitive tests taken when Sadie and Sally were three, seven, thirteen, and nineteen years old.

They would be the final nail in proving their innocence. 

Is It Credible?


The cognitive tests showed that Sadie and Sally had identical genetic profiles. That meant that it would be more common for them to perform similarly academically instead of the other way around. 

The dean rubbed a hand across his lips, eyes wide as he took in the information. As a medical practitioner, he could see the credibility of the documents.

But could the committee’s decision to suspend the twins be reversed?

Going Back


“They’re innocent,” the dean said, his brows drawn close. He advised Mrs. Miller to appeal the case. What she had here was significant and could help prove her daughters’ innocence.

Mrs. Miller didn’t waste any time. In the next two weeks, she was sitting next to her daughters in the same council room where all this began. 

But this time, Sadie and Sally’s tears weren’t wrought with pain. They were hopeful tears, and the mom couldn’t be prouder. If only she knew that the damage was already done.

Something’s Not Right 

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Although the school didn’t declare Sadie and Sally innocent, it allowed them to return to school, finish up, and graduate. But the twins couldn’t help but notice the school was colder than usual. 

Friends who’d known them throughout their four years of college were not even looking at them, let alone willing to hang out.

Phone calls to the prestigious medical institutions the twins wanted to work at weren’t going through. Something was terribly wrong. 

Don’t Get Too Close To Them


Sadie and Sally had transformed into the social pariahs of the Medical University of South Carolina. No one would even say hi to them on the road. Even their favorite coffee shop wouldn’t let them sit in longer than needed. 

They hadn’t even picked up their degrees, and their lives were already in shambles. The twins couldn’t even cry at how besmirched their name was.

They stood in shock, unable to process anything. 

Fixing The Damage


Mrs. Miller visited the school faculty several times, trying to find a way to reverse the damage. ( But there was only so much she could do when word had already gotten around that her kids were liars and cheaters. 

No hospital or research center would accept them. They would wither with their degrees in the house, slowly devoured alive by depression.

The mom couldn’t watch this happen. 

Help Her


She doubled down on her efforts, begging the school faculty to help. Couldn’t they send letters informing all medical bodies that her daughters were innocent?

But instead of being helpful, they called campus security to escort her out of school grounds. They deemed her a nuisance, maintaining that she was disrupting educational processes at the college.

They should have known who they were messing with. 

Lawyer Up 


Mrs. Miller couldn’t watch as her daughters languished in depression and PTSD. They could barely eat and wouldn’t even leave their rooms. Sadie spent her days sleeping while Sally sobbed through the night. They both had panic attacks and woke up screaming in the middle of the night.  

The worried mom dug into her savings, phoning a lawyer friend to take on their case. “Defamation, negligence, and gross negligence,” she said over the call. The school had ruined her daughters’ future.

It would rue the day it decided to cross them.

Taking the Fight to Court


With a determined lawyer by their side, Mrs. Miller and her daughters decided to take their fight to court.

The legal battle was an uphill climb, but they were fueled by a burning desire for justice.

The university didn’t back down easily, hiring a formidable legal team to protect its reputation. The case attracted widespread attention, turning it into a legal spectacle.

The Trial


The courtroom was packed with reporters, students, and faculty members eager to witness the trial of the Miller twins. It was a battle of wits as the lawyers presented their arguments and counterarguments. The evidence was laid out for all to see.

The Miller family’s lawyer argued that the twins’ academic history and cognitive tests provided substantial proof that they were innocent.

On the other hand, the university’s legal team insisted that the exam irregularities were too significant to ignore.

Unraveling the Truth


The trial lasted for weeks, with expert witnesses, psychologists, and educators testifying on behalf of both sides. As the evidence piled up, it became increasingly clear that the disciplinary committee’s decision had been hasty and unjust.

The cognitive tests, which showed that Sadie and Sally had near-identical genetic profiles, became a crucial point in the case.

It was becoming more and more evident that the twins’ exceptional academic performance was a result of their inherent connection, not cheating.

A Turning Point


As the trial reached its climax, a breakthrough occurred. An anonymous tipster provided a video of the exam room from a different angle, one that the university had failed to produce.

This video showed that the twins were not communicating during the exam.

The video, combined with the extensive evidence presented by the Miller family, turned the tide in their favor. The judge realized that the university had made a grave mistake and the disciplinary committee’s decision was flawed.

Victory for the Millers


After careful deliberation, the judge reached a verdict. The university was found guilty of defamation, negligence, and gross negligence. The Miller twins were declared innocent, and their academic records were cleared of any wrongdoing.

The courtroom erupted in applause as the twins, their mom, and their lawyer celebrated their hard-earned victory.

The university was ordered to pay a significant settlement to the Miller family for the emotional distress and damage to their reputation.

A New Beginning


With their names finally cleared, Sadie and Sally Miller could pursue their dreams of becoming doctors without the shadow of false accusations looming over them. The university had to pay each of them 1.5 million dollars in compensation. 

The twins graduated with honors and went on to excel in their respective medical careers.

Their bond as sisters remained unbreakable, and their mom’s resilience in the face of adversity made them an inspiration to many.