Virtual Communications

Zoom Guide for Students/Participants

Zoom is a platform for virtual communication that can be used for synchronous class sessions and virtual office hours with a professor or advisor.

The first time you use Zoom, you will need to download the application and create an account using your Boston College credentials. Once you are in a Zoom meeting as a student or participant, there are several functions that you can use to interact with others in the meeting. 

If you have any concerns accessibility within Zoom please contact the Connors Family Learning Center (for students with learning disabilities, and/or ADHD) or Disability Services Office (for students with medical, physical, psychological, or temporary disabilities). 

If you are having trouble connecting to Zoom because of technological barriers, your professor or another trusted instructor or staff person can help connect you with possible supports. For more information about locating Zoom meeting links, logging in to your meetings, co-hosting a meeting, breakout rooms, and additional participant controls, please see our Zoom for Participants  FAQ.

Please note: Zoom does not automatically update, though you will have to use the most current version of Zoom to make use of all of the features described in this resource. You can check for an update every couple of weeks by opening the dropdown menu in the app, selecting “Check for Updates” and following any prompts.