Some very good questions have come up regarding the details of how the X-Men characters function in the context of the Xavier Institute staff. We agreed that it would be a good idea to have some kind of official word on how they all work, now that we can have folks back in the mansion.
Since we're pre-M-Day (and assuming, just
before), there are currently 182 students enrolled at the Institute, all mutants. Every student above a certain age is assigned to a training squad, of usually 6 members, with each squad having an X-Man as a mentor. That mentor is responsible for keeping tabs on his or her squad members, and is the first point of contact in discipline issues. Scott and Emma, in addition to mentoring squads, are also co-headmasters of the Institute, meaning they have final say in all school-related issues.
For the purposes of our game, we're going to keep three of those squads exactly as they appeared in comic canon (from New X-Men: Academy X
The "New Mutants" (mentor: Dani Moonstar/Mirage): Elixir, Prodigy (co-leader), Surge, Wallflower, Wind Dancer (co-leader), Icarus
The "Hellions" (mentor: Emma Frost): Hellion (leader), Dust, Mercury, Rockslide, Tag, Wither
The "Corsairs" (mentor: Scott Summers/Cyclops): The Stepford Cuckoos (co-leaders), Dryad, Quill, Specter
The comics have specifically given names and members and mentors for other squads, but those are the main characters for that book, and generally the most often-seen students. If you'd like to give your character a squad, you can feel free to pick and choose characters from this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_X-Men
under the heading "Xavier Institute Students" or make up your own student NPCs.
In addition to mentoring duties, the X-Men are encouraged (but as far as we can tell, not necessarily required
) to teach at the Institute. For example, Scott teaches Civics and Field Tactics, while Emma teaches English and Telepathy. Whatever class(es) your character might teach (if he or she does so) is up to you. If you decide to give him or her a squad and/or a class, please post it here so everyone can keep tabs.
Hope that gives everybody some more stuff to work with!