Zoom for Rice Students

Information for using Zoom for students taking Rice courses online.

Please keep your Zoom software updated for the latest security fixes. 

Getting Started: Zoom Videoconferencing

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. This solution offers audio, video, and screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms.

All undergraduates and graduate students have Zoom License accounts (formerly called Pro accounts).

Google Hangout Meet is the recommended backup tool for virtual meetings accessible through the Google Workspace platform. 

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First-time to Zoom? You will need to download the app.

Downloading/Installing the App

  • Download the Zoom application for your Windows, Macintosh, iOS, or Android device(s). Note: Download here for use in China only.
  • Once downloaded, install the app.
  • Launch the app and choose Sign In.  Make sure to Sign in with SSO.
  • Should you be asked, Rice's domain is riceuniversity.zoom.us
  • Enter your current Rice NetID and password.

Launching a Session

  • To join a session that your instructor has setup, click on the link that is provided to you.
  • When prompted, select Join Audio Conference by Computer. You will want to make sure your microphone and speakers on your computer are working as well as your webcam.
  • Having problems? Check out Zoom Support.
  • Need help with your computer, microphone or speakers? Contact the Rice OIT Help Desk.
  • For additional assistance with using Zoom, review this Getting Started guide.
Devices:  Zoom meetings can accessed on computers, smart phones, or tablets where you install the Zoom application.

For more resources, see the following information:

Zoom Cloud Recording Retention Policy

All non-Academic recordings stored in the Zoom cloud will be automatically deleted 9 months after the meeting is recorded.  
  • The meeting host receives notification that the recording will be deleted 7 days prior to deletion. 
  • After the 9 months have expired, deleted recordings are moved and stored in Zoom Trash for 30 days.  
  • Recording retained in Zoom Trash during the 30 days, can only be retrieved and downloaded by the meeting host. 
  • After the 30 days, the recordings are permanently removed and will no longer be accessible.  
All academic class recordings - these will be automatically deleted 60 days after the end of each semester.  If an instructor wishes to maintain the recording longer, s/he needs to download it onto university approved devices, networks or platforms, and must do so in accordance with FERPA guidelines: 


For all recordings it is the meeting host’s responsibility to ensure that any recordings retained follow the university guidelines and compliance requirements, including in accordance with retention requirements of your university department.  

Download Zoom Cloud Recordings

Download Zoom Cloud recordings

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Owner:Diane B.Group:Rice University
Created:2018-08-11 09:04 CSTUpdated:2020-11-24 15:32 CST
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