Web and Video Conferencing (Zoom)

What is it?

Zoom is SF State’s video and web conferencing service. All faculty, staff and students have the ability to create and join Zoom meetings. Zoom meetings can be used to hold class sessions and interact with students remotely, or can be used as a replacement for any in-person/face-to-face University business.

Zoom is available on any device with an Internet connection, including Mac, Windows, Linux and mobile devices. 

Support Documents


  • Phone: (415) 405-5555
  • Email: at@sfsu.edu
  • Office: LIB 80


All faculty, staff and students have the ability to create and join Zoom meetings.

  1. To set up your account, go to https://sfsu.zoom.us and select the Sign in link

    1. You can log in using your SFSU ID or SFSU email address and SFSU password
  2. Download the Zoom client by navigating to https://sfsu.zoom.us/download

Note: You do not need an account to join a meeting, only to start one. Participants can simply select the meeting link to join a session without logging in.

  • Zoom meetings can accommodate up to 300 people per meeting at a time. If you require a session for more than 300 people, contact at@sfsu.edu to request a Zoom Webinar license.

    • Note: Webinars function slightly differently than normal meetings do, so some special considerations need to be taken into account when hosting a webinar instead of a normal Zoom meeting.
  • If you are looking to host a Zoom meeting for something like office hours or one-on-one sessions, the suggestion would be to schedule with your participants directly and set up a unique meeting for one-on-one sessions.
    • For open office hours, you can use the waiting room feature to hold a queue of participants for a meeting.
  • View the Zoom best practices documents to get more information on securing your Zoom meetingsmaking your video look better, and accessibility.

How people are using this tool

  • Advise students from off campus or remote locations
  • Invite guest speakers from anywhere in the world
  • Schedule virtual office hours and consultations with students
  • Include distance learners in Hybrid, HyFlex and Fully-Online courses
  • Record class sessions for student review
  • Enable peer collaboration in virtual break-out rooms
  • Share your screen, whiteboard or applications with students while presenting
  • Share research findings and collaborate with colleagues
  • Carry out one-on-one or group meetings
  • Conduct virtual interviews and focus groups
  • Invite external reviewers to consult remotely
  • Connect with other campuses without the travel
  • Conduct search interviews with remote candidates
  • Support programs and recruit students with virtual orientations
  • Join in on a meeting while commuting or across campus
  • Form a virtual study group 
  • Hold one-on-one meetings with classmates and mentors
  • Collaborate anytime, anywhere with project teammates  
  • Hold virtual student club and organization meetings
  • Stay connected to friends and family for moral support