With the increased use of Zoom web conferencing for meetings, it’s important for the University of Rochester and URMC’s meeting hosts to ensure their Zoom settings are configured to prevent unwanted attendees or content from disrupting the meeting. The following information offers guidance and recommendations for meeting hosts.

If using a personal computer, please go to https://zoom.us/download to ensure the latest version of Zoom and the Outlook plug-in are installed.


** PLEASE NOTE: The University/URMC’s Zoom service is intended only for the purpose of conducting business related to the University, Medical Center and its affiliates and should be not used for personal meetings.


Before the Meeting

Prior to or when scheduling a meeting, there are a few settings that can help control who has access to your event. Each of these can be managed through Zoom’s Advanced Options in the online account or through the Schedule menu in the desktop Zoom application.


  • “Generate Automatically” Meeting ID – the most secure way to ensure a Zoom meeting used as intended is to create a unique ID for scheduled meeting. This is required for HIPAA compliance.
    Using a personal meeting ID is not recommended. If this option is used, the meeting password and waiting room features should be enabled, and guests should not be allowed to join before the host to prevent any use of Zoom without the account owner’s knowledge.
  • Meeting Passcoderequiring a password is recommended for all meetings to prevent anyone who was not explicitly invited from joining a meeting. The password is included in the Zoom meeting invitation and will remain activated for future meetings unless turned off. See Zoom Meeting Passcodes for more information about meeting passcodes and how to use this feature.
  • Waiting Roomenable this virtual staging area to gather participants until the host officially starts the meeting. The Waiting Room option is a helpful way to screen participants and identify unwanted guests in advance of sharing any information. (See this video for more information on Zoom’s Waiting Room.) Meeting hosts must enable the Waiting Room under Advanced Options – click here for instructions. Waiting Room settings can also be customized for additional control and communication with guests, including adding a personalized message so attendees know they’re in the right spot, or receive instructions regarding the session. See Zoom Waiting Room for more information and instructions for setting up this feature.
  • File Transfer – Zoom’s default Chat setting allows participants to transfer files through the in-meeting chat window. Go into Advanced Settings and disable the File Transfer feature or only allow a specified type of file if necessary for your attendees or topic.

  • Annotation – participants are, by default, able to make notations on a shared screen during a meeting. Go into Advanced Settings and disable the Annotation feature.


During the Meeting

When the meeting begins, there are several options to limit screen sharing and manage participants to avoid disruptions.

  • Sharing Screens: the meeting host can determine who is able to share their screen during the meeting. To prevent disruptions, use the Advanced Sharing Options in the toolbar’s Share Screen menu:

Select One participant can share at a time and Only Host to maintain the most control over what is presented to attendees.

With this setting, the host can grant sharing permissions to other individual participants during the meeting.

  • Mute Participants – Hosts can mute participants to eliminate unwanted, distracting, or inappropriate noise. Click Participants in the Zoom meeting toolbar then click More to display the options.

Enable Mute Participants Upon Entry to eliminate background noise – this setting can be changed during the meeting or participants can be instructed to unmute themselves through the toolbar menu or by pressing *6 on their phones.

  • Lock Meeting – the host can prevent additional participants from joining the meeting once it’s begun. (This will affect invitees who arrive late from joining.) Click Participants in the Zoom meeting toolbar then click Moreand select Lock Meeting.

  • Manage a specific Participant – the host can use the Participants list to address an individual attendee during the meeting. Hover the mouse over the participant’s name and click Mute or click More to Stop Video(turn off the person’s video in Zoom), Put on Hold (turn off their video and audio connection – can be taken off hold), or Remove (expel them from the meeting and they cannot re-join).

  • Remote Control – during a meeting, the participant sharing their screen can allow others to control the content. This feature can be disabled in the Advanced Settings by turning off Remote control.


After the Meeting

If you experience an interruption from an unknown participant, or suspect someone is attending a meeting who shouldn’t be, immediately contact the University Information Security team by email to abuse@rochester.edu or call the Service Desk at (585) 275-2000.

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