Eli Ridder | Report

Following a story detailing student struggles with Guelph-Humber Web Design professor, two different students came forward to The Avro Post on Saturday to detail their experiences with the course.

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University of Guelph-Humber alumnus Arienne Johnson said Mr. Borzecki “is a great teacher if you actually ask for help during the course and not after he gives you a bad grade.”

“He is willing to teach you one on one until you get it right, my highest grades at my time at GH were all his classes.”

Johnson, who graduated earlier this year, took a Borzecki course during her second year winter semester

Diego Williams and at least one other student who came forward to The Avro Post over Borzecki said that the issues did not come from what happened during the course, but final inaccuracies from the professor.

Two students said Borzecki did not mark half their end-of-semester assignment.

“I think the real issue is that students who aren’t interested in web design (such as a student pursuing media business) should not need a mandatory coding class,” Johnson wrote in a comment to The Avro Post.

“And [for your information], the real world does not have ‘courselink’ to remind you of when your final is: just go to class,” Johnson added, referencing Borzecki’s use of his personal website for assignment submissions and marks.

Borzecki failed Media Studies fourth year Gemma Mastroianni in his Web Design course of Winter 2017, a miscalculation he fixed after she emailed his Guelph-Humber email on April 22, 2017.

His response came nearly a month later on May 18, when he confirmed to Mastroianni that her mark had been upgraded.

The academic advisor at that time was Nasreene Corpuz, who is currently on maternity leave.

The University of Guelph-Humber and Thomas Borzeci have not responded to a request for comment to the investigative report The Avro Post published on Friday.


Image of the University of Guelph-Humber from The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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