The process for Knighthood is as follows:
Teaching Master must present their candidate for Knighthood by submitting the following to the Knights’ Secretary:
- their recommendation
- the apprentice’s assessment of the journey
- the evidence for points obtained
- a link to the apprentice’s journal
The Knight’s Secretary will submit to the Education Administration the evidence for points obtained and the journal and grant the A Div if appropriate.
The Knight’s Secretary will create a thread titled [Candidate, Promotion to Knight] and announce that the candidate has “completed the A Div program to the satisfaction of the Education Administration of the Temple of the Jedi Order” which will be used to make further announcement regarding the knighthood process.
- The Knights will then be requested to submit 5-7 questions to be put to the candidate.
- They should be related to the candidate’s work and development
- They should not be discussed outside of the Knights’ forum
- Every knight who has further questions may also ask them outside the interview. They should be shared in the thread for all to see.
An interview will then be conducted by a voluntary Knight with the candidate and their Teaching Master. The interview will be derived from the questions of the previous step as well as the following standard questions:
- What does being a Jedi Knight mean to you? (as compared to someone who just believes in the ways of the Force – a regular Temple Member)
- Thinking about the code, creed, teachings and maxims ... which part or how much does the doctrine help you in finding your path as a Jedi? What does the Doctrine of the Order mean to you personally? Which part or aspect of the Doctrine have you found particularly challenging?
- Do you feel that you can honour the Solemn Vow you would pronounce at the hour of your Knighthood? Do you understand the earnestness that this Vow implies?
- What are your future plans for TOTJO? (while the candidate consider this question, see the next point for questions to the Teacher Master)
- How are you feeling right now?
- The Teaching Master will be addressed with the following three questions:
- TM: How do you feel about the time you spent training with [the candidate]?
- TM: How do you feel that the apprenticeship evolved over time?
- TM: What do you feel you have learned from them?
- The transcript of the interview will be posted in the thread by the one who conducted the interview. There will be one week for discussion.
Following discussion a vote will be held for ten days to determine if the candidate is knighted or not.
Majority rules. Quorum for a vote is six knights minimum.
A reason for a decision should be given.
If the vote is positive, a public announcement will be made and the Knighting ceremony arranged.
If the vote is negative, reasons for the denial of Knighthood will be given to the candidate and the Teaching Master.
- All candidates for Knighthood must meet the requirements of a Knight, per the Knight Rank Law.
- The candidate's Teaching Master must submit the candidate to the Degree Administrator who will check the candidate meets the requirements of the A.Div.
- If the candidate meets the requirements of the A.Div the Teaching Master gets the candidate to write up an assessment of their time at TotJO (IP and Apprenticeship) to date.
- The Teaching master informs the Council Secretary who checks with the Degree Administrator that the candidate meets the minimum requirements for the A.Div.
- The Council will review the candidate's eligibility.
- If eligible, the Council Secretary will arrange the interview to include the Teaching Master and at least one Councillor.
- The Council will review the results of the interview and vote.
- If the candidate has merited the succession of the title Knight of Jediism, the Council Secretary shall organize the Knighting Ceremony. The Council Secretary will liaise with Former Teaching Master to determine who will make the announcement to the general public in the forums. If the candidate is not successful the Council Secretary will inform the candidate's Teaching Master about what needs to be addressed. Quoting from relevant posts from Council posts if applicable.
- When the Knighting Ceremony has been completed the representative of the Council present must post a transcript of the Knighting Ceremony to the candidate's Knighthood Ceremony announcement.
1. A "Questionable Application" is defined as:
A. An "Application" which lists criminal convictions.
B. Any "Application" the "Application Processor" feels the Council must be advised of.
C. Any "Application" filled by an "Applicant" whom a Councillor feels the Council must be advised of.
2. Processing of a "Questionable Application"
A. The "Application Processor" must bring a "Questionable Application" before the Council.
B. If no objection is made by a Councillor within 7 days, the "Application" is no longer deemed a "Questionable Application".
C. If objections are voiced, a "Questionable Application" is deemed invalid until the council decides otherwise.
2. A First-time Teaching Master must ask for guidance from their former Teaching Master regarding the challenges of taking on an Apprentice.
3. The prospective Teaching Master and Apprentice must discuss their potential future relationship and its implications before notifying anyone of their intentions.
4. The prospective Teaching Master must notify their former Teaching Master, or Council Secretary, who will arrange for a Councillor, who will:
-A. Check the good standing of both prospective teacher and apprentice. (contacting records would be necessary to check application)
-B. Ensure both are aware this is an "at-will" partnership which can be terminated by either party, preferably after mediation.
5. Final approval or disapproval by a Councillor, who through the Council Secretary, will notify Membership Affairs, and the former Teaching Master. An announcement by a member of The Council will be made once final approval has been given.