Sep 15 2020 07:42 AM
Sep 15 2020 07:42 AM
I am a teacher who has reoccurring meetings for my classes. If I "End Meeting" and all the students have been set as attendees and the lobby is turned on, can the students continue to use the chat feature for that meeting?
Obviously, I am hoping the answer is no. There would be no way to monitor it.
Sep 15 2020 09:13 PMSolution
Sep 15 2020 11:17 PM
@teacher1400 This may not be applicable, certainly not if you want your students to be able to chat during meetings, but I just want to add to the previous reply that there's a meeting policy called "Allow chat in meetings".
The associated policy parameter:
Specify if users will be able to chat in meetings. Possible values are: Disabled, Enabled.
Sep 16 2020 06:38 AM
@ChristianBergstrom Thank you for that information. Do we have to turn of chat at the account level (district level) or is there a way by user or each teams meeting?
I would really recommend adding this feature. Teachers are very frustrated with chat. Students are chatting during class on other chats. It makes everyone want to go back to Zoom. Thank you.
Sep 16 2020 07:49 AM
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Sep 16 2020 11:12 AM - edited Sep 16 2020 11:23 AM
@Chris Webb Thanks for testing! Will probably do the same. But..
This is a per-organizer policy. This setting controls whether meeting chat is allowed in the user's meeting."
How can they call it per-organizer with that description. Makes no sense (not to me at least).
Let me just add to that:
"When you implement a per-organizer policy, all meeting participants inherit the policy of the organizer."
Sep 16 2020 11:28 PM
@Chris Webb Good morning! (over here). Could it be an misunderstanding between us? To be honest I didn't understand your previous reply.
Anyway, today when I have some time over I will do some testing as it says that "all participants inherit the organizers policy", in this case the disabling of chat. I have created and assigned a new meeting policy with the parameter disabled and will wait for it to take effect, which usually takes quite some time.
Will let you know the outcome :)
Sep 17 2020 02:03 AM
@Chris Webb Hey, testing done. Same result as you've got. Have opened a GitHub for some answers https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/OfficeDocs-SkypeForBusiness/issues/5786
Sep 29 2020 04:42 AM
@Chris Webb FYI, the page has now been updated!
This is a per-participant setting. This setting controls whether meeting chat is allowed in the user's meeting.
This is a per-organizer policy. This setting controls whether meeting chat is allowed in the user's meeting.
'Allow chat in meetings'
Sep 29 2020 06:38 AM
@teacher1400 Hi Lucy! Look at my first reply in this conversation. Chris and I had a bit of "misunderstanding" :) as the MS docs said "per-organizer" (as I mentioned to you) when it in facts is "per-user". I had to do some testing and then I submitted an issue. They have updated that MS docs page now hence my reply to Chris who was first one doing the testing part.
So just to recap, you'll need to assign a policy with the -MeetingChatEnabledType parameter for the individuals that you'd like to completely remove the chat functionality in meetings. Bear in mind they will not be able to use the chat in all meetings.
Sep 29 2020 06:51 AM - edited Sep 29 2020 07:12 AM
@teacher1400 Well, you can. But as previously mentioned you need to assign that policy to your students. Do note that the students won't be able to chat in any meetings.
You could perhaps ask your IT administrator for assistance with this?
See these as well @teacher1400
Mute student comments in a class team
Prevent attendees from unmuting in Teams Meetings
Hard mute students audio in a meeting (so they cannot unmute themselves)
Sep 30 2020 11:19 PM
@teacher1400 Hello again Lucy! I just have to send the below link to you. It's the best compiled page I stumbled across when it comes to configuring settings and policies in Teams. Take a look and send it to your IT administrator as well!
'Keeping students safe while using Teams for distance learning'