Hosting a Meeting
Designate a Co-Host
Hosts are strongly encouraged to designate someone to be a “co-host” to monitor the attendees. Their only role should be to monitor the chat and attendees and be able to respond quickly in case of issues.
During the meeting:
- Click the More button next to a participant’s name in the Participants Panel
- Select Make Host or Make Co-Host.
What is a Meeting Host?
The host is a participant with special privileges that allow them to manage the meeting. For example, hosts can mute/unmute other participants, determine who can share content, and even pass on the host role to someone else.
Who is the Meeting Host?
For scheduled meetings, the person that scheduled the meeting is the meeting host. When scheduling the meeting, the scheduler can also specify other people as alternate hosts. For an instant meeting that is started in someone's Personal Meeting Room, the owner of the room will be the host.
The host of a meeting can pass the host role to another meeting participant at any time. Alternatively, the host can give another participant co-host privileges so that they can help manage the meeting.
If you are a scheduler/host or an alternative host that accidentally joined the Zoom meeting as a “guest” and you need to claim the Host role so that you can manage the meeting, do the following:
- Go to the Participant Panel and click the Claim Host button.
- A window will appear where you can click Login to Claim Host.
- The Zoom application window will appear. Select Sign in with SSO.
- In the “company domain” field, enter “tufts” so the full domain reads as “tufts.zoom.us”. Then click Continue.
- A Tufts authentication window will load. Log in with your Tufts username (e.g. jjumbo01) and password.
During the meeting, click the More button next to a participant’s name in the Participants Panel and select Make Host or Make Co-Host.
If you made someone else a co-host, you can withdraw their co-host permissions the same way.
If you made someone else the host, you can click the Reclaim Host button at the bottom of the Participants Panel to take the host role back.
After a meeting has started, it is possible for the host to change participants’ privileges.
Using the Security Button
During a meeting, a Security button will be present in the host’s and co-host's toolbars. This button provides quick access to some of the most commonly used features for managing meeting attendance and privileges, including the ability to:
- Lock/unlock the meeting.
- Enable/Disable the waiting room.
- Hide participants' profile pictures
- Manage participant privileges (e.g. the ability to share content, use the Chat Panel, and more)
- Suspend participant activities
NOTE: The "Suspend Participant Activities" option is like an emergency brake for your meeting. If enabled, the meeting will be locked, screen sharing will stop, and all participant audio and video will be turned off (including hosts and cohosts).
Managing Sharing Settings
- Click the up arrow next to the Share button in the meeting toolbar and select Advanced Sharing Options.
- A window will appear where you can select how many people can share simultaneously, who can share, and when they can share.
- When you are done, close the window.
Managing Participant Entry and Exit Settings
- Click the Participants icon in the meeting toolbar to open the Participants Panel.
- Click the More button at the bottom of the Participants Panel.
- A menu will appear with several options, including:
- Mute All Upon Entry – If checked, this automatically mutes participants’ audio when they connect to the meeting.
- Play Join and Leave Sound – If checked, a chime will play whenever a participant connects to or leaves the meeting.
- Lock Meeting – If checked, no new participants will be able to join the meeting. Once locked, the meeting can be unlocked in the same way.
- Enable Waiting Room – If checked, attendees will be placed in a virtual meeting room when they try to connect to the meeting. The host can then admit them into the meeting or reject their request to join.
- Allow participants to...
- Unmute Themselves – If checked, participants will be able to unmute themselves, even if the host mutes their audio.
- Rename – If checked, participants will have the ability to change how their name appears in the Participants Panel.
- Start Video - If checked, participants can turn on their cameras whenever they want and share video with the rest of the meeting.
Managing Chat Settings
- Click the Chat icon in the meeting toolbar to open the Chat Panel.
- Click the chat options button ().
- A menu will appear with the following options.
- Save chat – Allows you to save the contents of your chat window to your computer.
- Allow Participants to chat with - Decide who participants can communicate with through the Chat Panel.
- For minor disruptions, mute a participant’s audio or turn off their video. By default, a muted participant will be able to unmute their own audio whenever they want unless this ability has been disabled by a host/co-host.
- If the participant is sharing screen content, an option will also be available to stop it.
- Move more troublesome participants to the Waiting Room or remove them from the meeting completely.
- Participants who have been put in the Waiting Room will not be able to re-enter unless admitted by a host/co-host.
- Participants who have been Removed will not be able to re-join the meeting on that same device.
- In extreme cases, you can suspend all participant activities while you figure out how to move forward with your meeting.
- Everything will get turned off/disabled (e.g. audio, video, screen sharing, etc.), including the host’s and co-hosts’, and the meeting will be locked.
- A host/co-host can then unmute their own audio, explain to the rest of the meeting what is happening, and proceed however they feel comfortable.
Co-hosts have elevated privileges in several areas that can make them very helpful during meetings. They can:
- Manage participant audio and video.
- Use the Security button to manage settings and privileges.
- Manage the Waiting Room.
- Share content even when sharing is restricted to the Host.
- Record meeting content.
- Launch polls that were previously created by the scheduler.
- Help create and manage breakout rooms.
The Waiting Room is a virtual space in Zoom where participants are essentially on hold. Each participant is placed in their own private space. They cannot interact with each other through Zoom. However, the meeting host and co-hosts can send them messages.
Hosts and co-hosts have several options for using the Waiting Room:
- The Waiting Room feature can be enabled before the meeting during the scheduling process. For more information, see the page on Scheduling a Meeting.
- Host and co-hosts can enable/disable the Waiting Room during a meeting.
- Hosts and co-hosts can place individual participants in the Waiting Room, whether or not the Waiting Room feature has been enabled for the entire meeting.
When participants are in the Waiting Room, a notification will appear in the host’s and co-host’s Participant Panel. The host and co-hosts can then admit the participant or deny their request to join. Participants can be admitted individually or all at once.
Options for personalizing your Waiting Room, including who can bypass it, are available in your Zoom settings.
Enabling/Disabling the Waiting Room During Meetings
During a meeting, hosts and co-hosts can turn the waiting room feature on and off in two ways.
Option 1 – From the Security Button
Click on the Security button in the bottom toolbar and click on Enable Waiting Room. If there is a checkmark next to the Waiting Room option, it is enabled.
Option 2 – From the Participant Panel
Click on the Participant button to open the Participant panel. Click on the More button and click on Enable Waiting Room. If there is a checkmark next to the Waiting Room option, it is enabled.
Sending an Individual Participant to the Waiting Room
At any point during a meeting, hosts and co-hosts can move participants to the Waiting Room. The Waiting Room feature does NOT need to be on for the entire meeting to do this. Go to the Participant Panel, click the More button next to someone’s name, and select Put in Waiting Room.
Managing the Waiting Room
When participants are in the Waiting Room, hosts and co-hosts can admit or remove them on an individual basis. Alternatively, they can admit everyone at once by clicking Admit all.
They can also broadcast a message to all of the participants in the Waiting Room by clicking on Message. The Chat panel will open and messages can be send to “Everyone (in the Waiting Room)”.
When you are ready to leave a Zoom meeting, click the End Meeting button in the bottom toolbar. Depending on the type of meeting and your role, a window will appear with options.
Note: If you are the host of the meeting and want the meeting to continue without you, use the Participants Panel to assign someone else the host role before you leave!