should I tell someone who is going to get penalized
October 23, 2012 9:40 PM Subscribe
If you know someone is going to be penalized for something they rightly deserve, but you are friends/business partners with them, should you let them know?
posted by cyml to human relations (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In one of my courses, we're doing this massive 10-person group project. The professor gives us time to do in-class meetings, and he notes that 30% of our grade in this project is reviewed by our group mates. If someone doesn't show up for a majority of the meetings, and the group mates come together to impeach them, then they will lose all 30%.
Today, 4 group meetings in, project is due tomorrow, this guy that I know shows up claiming to be in our group. He tells us that he was really sick so he couldn't come, but I know him. We are sort of business partners because we've worked together once before on a project. I should add that I would like to work with him in the future.
I am certainly not going to tattle on him, but when we left the group meeting, a few other people mentioned to me that they heard stories about him going on vacation (which is true) and that he wasn't sick at all (which I know cause I worked with him during the same time period). They want to push to get him penalized.
And normally, I would agree. Except I think he is going to blame it on me because I'm the only one who knows him in the group. So what should I do? Should I just tell him what the groupmates are going to do? I don't want to call them out on it either, but like I said, we do business together and I don't want any animosity between us.