Staff Guide

Schedule & Class Posting
Grading
Quidditch Scoring
Class Regularity
Class Oversight
Veganism and other Student Beliefs
Helpful Links

Schedule and Class Posting

The dates posted on the staff schedule are the dates your classes are due by that week. For example: If Advanced Defense is on the schedule for the week of December 9, that means it must be posted on the site by Friday, December 9. A helpful reminder is that classes and matches are always due on Fridays so as to give authors the weekend to start their threads.

If a class is slotted for a week before midterm, students have until midterm’s end to post and points for that class are not due until the end of midterm so as to give everyone the full two weeks.

Please check the schedule as soon as it is posted in the staff room so as to alert the schedule maker of any potential RL conflicts. This helps make sure everything runs smoothly. If something comes up and you know ahead of time, please alert the rest of the staff, we currently have a full-time substitute and either she or another staff member with more time can cover your class.

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Grading

Each student gets one post graded on a scale from one to five, for quality points. Each faculty member has their own, slightly different way to apply these points and there is no “set way” that all staff members have to follow so long as they subscribe to the one to five point rule. However, as a general guideline, one is considered poor, three is generally standard, and five is the best score.

In additional to quality points, if a character posts more than once, each additional post beyond the first is worth 1 quantity point. In most cases, the first post serves as a character's quality graded post, as this is usually the longest and most comprehensive one, but if a later post has improved upon the first one's quality, it is up to the individual faculty member to decide whether they want to chose the better of the two or stick with the original.

Students can post and get points in a class until the end of the term in which it was posted. However, if a class is posted in the last week before midterm, students have until the end of midterm for that class. Points are due as soon after the class ends as possible.

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Quidditch Scoring

Quidditch games last exactly two weeks, any posts after two weeks do not count toward scoring. Posts are scored the same way as classes are graded, with each character getting one quality score from their first or best post (grader's choice, just be consistent) plus additional quantity points equal to the number of additional posts beyond the first.

Points earned by the seeker and the seeking beater (or the beater who first posts with the seeker if none is formally asssigned) are compared to the points earned by their opposites on the other team. The team with the greater number of points is permitted to catch the snitch (and likely win the game IC).

Points earned by the chasers, the keeper, and the other beater who is not scored with the seeker go toward the number of IC goals earned. The exact number of points per goal is at the discretion of the coach, but somewhere around ten should give a few more goals than would otherwise be earned without going goal happy.

Posts by reserves are not graded and can only add one single point to their team's score for calculating IC goals.

Scores from all team characters are added together to get the game's OOC point totals for House Points.

The individual character who earns the single most OOC points will be honored with the Player of the Match award.

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Class Regularity

Usually each class will be taught three times (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) for Core Classes and twice (Intermediate and Advanced) for Elective Classes each semester before and after midterm. However, depending on the number of classes offered each year, that number may be reduced so students are not spread too thinly. The dropped lesson should appear again during the next half-year. Please check the schedule each term to see which levels you are expected to teach and when.

The Coach is responsible for Flying Lessons and the first match during the fall semester and the second two games during the spring semester.

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Class Oversight

Professors should keep an eye on their classes both IC and OOC. If someone is God-modding or breaking any other rules, or lets an incident get out of hand without giving you a chance to intervene, just give them a gentle OOC note to explain. For new authors uncomfortable with this, let other staff members know--they are all happy to help!

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Veganism and Other Student Beliefs

Some students may be adverse to certain aspects of classes because of their beliefs. Depending on if your character is aware of and acquiesces to their beliefs, changes can be made; for example, vegan or vegetarian potions.

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Helpful Links

Staff room
Chat room
HP Wikipedia
HP Lexicon
Sonora Wikipedia

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