Officials launch University-licensed Zoom accounts for GW community

Media Credit: Camille DeSanto | Assistant Photo Editor

All accounts will require a password or enable a waiting room for Zoom meetings.

With the exception of those from GW Law, GW community members can now access University-licensed Zoom accounts, officials announced in an email Wednesday.

Zoom accounts for those in the law school will be upgraded “at a later date,” the email states. GW-licensed Zoom accounts will allow users to hold meetings with a capacity of 300 attendees, with up to 49 participants shown on screen, and enable breakout rooms, the email states.

All meetings will require a passcode or enable a waiting room, a response Zoom implemented amid concerns of “Zoom-bombing” – disruptive activity on video calls from Internet trolls – according to the email.

Those who already own Zoom accounts with University-affiliated email accounts will receive information on how to move to the University-licensed account, the email states.

Officials added Zoom to its list of web and video conferencing tools at the beginning of the fall semester and have been working since then to move faculty accounts to the platform, according to GW’s information technology website.

The Hatchet has disabled comments on our website. Learn more.