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Raising concerns about your colleague

6 June 2013

Dr Richenda Tisdale, MDU medico-legal adviser

A medical student undertaking his intercalated BSc year discovered his flatmate had accessed his computer several times and copied his assignments. He did not want to get his flatmate into trouble, and was keen to avoid a confrontation, but he was also concerned that suspicion could rest on him should there be similarities between their work.

Medical students, like doctors, have a duty to be trustworthy and honest.

No one wants to see a friend or fellow student get into trouble, but the student could face an investigation if it appeared that either had plagiarised the other's work. Without evidence, it might be advisable to either discuss his concerns with his flatmate, or his educational supervisor in the first instance who would be able to take action if necessary.

This guidance was correct at publication on 06/06/2013. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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