Zoom - FAQ for Student Use

This page will explain how students can use the basic account access for Zoom. The information could be updated at any time to provide current Zoom usage for Puget Sound students. If you are not sure how to proceed with using Zoom, please contact the Service Desk by emailing servicedesk@pugetsound.edu or call 253.879.8585. You will not be able to sign into your Basic Zoom account until you have created a G Suite account.

Why do I need to create a Zoom account?
What kind of account and permission as a student will I have access to?
When can I start using Zoom?
How do I sign into my basic Zoom account?
Is there any limit to how long I can host a Zoom meeting?
What other limitations as a student do I need to be aware of?
As a basic account holder, can I still record zoom meetings?

Why do I need to sign into a Zoom account?
Signing into a Zoom account will allow faculty members to invite you using your Puget Sound credentials which will also confirm that you are accessing Zoom using your Puget Sound account. This is for security purposes and is strongly recommended that students sign into Zoom the week of  8/24 -8/28 to avoid not receiving important Zoom invites by faculty.

What kind of account and permission as a student will I have access to?
As a student, you will only have a basic user account. This account is not a paid license account. This means that a basic user can host meetings with up to 100 participants. However, when 3 or more participants join a meeting, the meeting will time out after 40 minutes. Basic users cannot utilize user and account add-ons such as large meeting, webinar, audio conferencing, or conference room connector.

When can I start using Zoom?

Student are encouraged to create their Puget Sound's Zoom account during the week of August 24 - 28th. Since classes begin on August 31 and your access to joining faculty Zoom invites will be necessary logging in using your Puget Sound credentials.

How do I setup my basic Zoom account?
Launch Zoom via https://pugetsound-edu.zoom.us/. This will allow you to sign into a basic Zoom account using your Puget Sound credentials by selecting Sign in with SSO. Upon verifying your age, you will be signed into your basic Zoom account. Use this account with all of your meetings associated with Puget Sound video conferencing.
       

NOTE: After you have successfully created your Puget Sound G Suite account (not a Puget Sound gmail account - which does not exist) you can then begin signing into your Puget Sound Zoom account by selecting Sign in with Google (as shown below) which will automatically recognize your Puget Sound credentials and log you right into your Puget Sound Zoom account. Make certain that you are signed into your Puget Sound G Suite account and not your personal gmail account.

*** Click here to view quick video of how to create your Zoom account. ***

Is there any limit to how long I can host a Zoom meeting?

Yes. Students Zoom meetings are capped at 40 mins long. However, with the basic account you can invite up to 100 participants. The meeting time will still be capped at 40 mins and will disconnect users from the conference after time has expired. The host can have participants log back in to continue the meeting by starting another call. 

What other limitations as a student do I need to be aware of?
As a student, you cannot utilize user and account add-ons such as large meeting, webinar, or conference room connector features.

As a basic account holder, can I still record zoom meetings?
Yes. Basic accounts have capability to record Zoom meetings from the desktop and mobile apps by clicking the "Record" button at the bottom of the screen. However, you will only be able to record the Zoom meeting if the host or meeting organizer who controls this feature gives you permission to record the meeting. It is strongly recommended to contact the host before the meeting to ask for permission to record their session.