Next steps around historical allegations

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is preparing to take the next steps in its response to the historical allegations about former NZSM (previously VUW School of Music) staff member Jack Body.

The University is co-designing a restorative process alongside those who have experienced harm in a manner that aims to meet their needs, understand and acknowledge harm, and collaboratively agree on how to move forward. The process is being facilitated by Aspen Restorative Consulting and includes senior University staff with an intended commencement in early April 2021.

If you have experienced harm and would like more information or are considering involvement in this restorative process, we want to hear from you. Please get in touch with us by the end of March by contacting Aspen Restorative Consulting (Haley@aspenrestorativeconsulting.com) or Emma Mossman, Manager Student Interest and Conflict Resolution (Emma.Mossman@vuw.ac.nz) or through the online reporting portal.

A reminder of the support and reporting pathways available for our community:

  • If you would like to receive support or access information about reporting sexually harmful behaviours, the Student Interest team is the central point for former and current students to receive information about  options from trained specialist professionals. You can also report, disclose and anonymously report sexually harmful behaviours through the online reporting portal. You can find further information on the University’s sexual harassment response policy and associated procedures here.
  • Students can access free and confidential counselling through Mauri Ora. Please note that Mauri Ora have duty counsellors available each afternoon from 1pm to 4pm and students can attend without an appointment and be seen on the same day.
  • Safe To Talk (0800 044 334) is a free and confidential service staffed by trained professionals that can be contacted anytime by those impacted by sexually harmful behaviour.

If you require academic support, please contact your lecturer or Professor Sally Jane Norman as Director of the NZSM to discuss how we can accommodate your needs.

Ngā mihi,

Prof. Jennifer Windsor, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education

Prof. Sally Jane Norman, Director, New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī