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    In May we introduced a new user setting, Only me, that meeting organizers could select when configuring the “Who can bypass lobby?” setting for a Teams meeting. We are now making it possible for you to set Teams meeting defaults in your organization so that only meeting organizers can bypass the lobby.

    Your IT admin will now be able to set “Automatically admit people” to Organizer only

    Please note

    When set, only the organizer can join directly; all attendees will need to enter via lobby
    Once this is your tenant default, it applies to all new meetings created by the user. It does not affect meetings set up prior to this change where Meeting options were updated.
    To change the lobby setting for previously created meetings, Meeting organizers can select Meeting options in the meeting invitation for each meeting they schedule.
    For additional guidance, see Student safety meeting policies: …

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    Eric commented  · 

    It is absolutely ridiculous that we are using Teams policies to prevent students from video chatting with each other andto prevent students from scheduling a meeting, yet they can start a teacher-scheduled meeting at any time, without the teacher present, using the teacher-generated join link. Without question this needs to be an admin-level meeting control. Students should never be able to start a meeting that a teacher has scheduled and students should never be able to jump back into a meeting after it has ended. And, the ability of student to invite other participants should be disabled for students.

    This is extremely frustrating. We are now 7 weeks into remote learning, and these most basic of security features still seem to be in limbo. Even Zoom with its atrocious safety and security beats MS by miles on this one.

    Each day teachers experience this slack safety and security, it erodes their confidence and willingness to even use Teams.

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    1. As stated last time, based on the volume of recent feedback, we fast-tracked adding the ability for meeting organizers to end a meeting for all participants with the click of a button one-time. This was released to the public ring today.
    1. In addition, the team has begun working on an option requiring everyone other than the meeting organizer to go thru the lobby. Once that feature is available, attendees will be placed in the lobby when rejoining the meeting, the setting will be available in meeting options for each meeting. Please see this UV item – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053/suggestions/39962434.
    1. If, instead of looking for a per meeting control, you are looking for admin level control to prevent students from starting any meeting or any calls without educators present, and wants to apply this control regardless of whether a meeting organizer remembers to change the lobby option, please vote on this UV…
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    Eric commented  · 

    Gordon, this is disappointing considering the April 7 MS EDU blog post stated that only organizers could start a meeting would be rolled out in April. Now it seems from your post that this is being considered/worked on and still requiring votes?

    I can't think of (m)any K12 environment where teachers who scheduled a meeting with their class want students to be able to 1.) start a meeting without them; 2.) use the join link to jump back into a meeting at any time.

    I know MS is trying to be responsive to a million request right now ... but I don't think this feature request could be any more obvious or needed. I've seen dozens upon dozens of posts where K12 is begging for this to be implemented. As I've said in other forums, even with Zoom's atrocious safety and security record, they at least have solved this problem. Microsoft has claimed that Teams is superior to Zoom and others in this respect ... but this is simply not credible. Students being permitted to video chat without supervision, and able to invite anyone they want to those chats, on school software/devices is the opposite of safe. It is a reciepe for abuse and liability.

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    Eric commented  · 

    Microsoft Education Blog post April 6 - Only Educators can start the meeting. Students can’t join meeting before the educator – coming in April.

    April is about over. Is this going to be available? Teachers need desperately need this.

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    Eric commented  · 

    I have been trying convince Microsoft the past few days of two dangerous issues related to this post. First, NEVER should students be allowed to join a teacher-scheuled meeting w/out the teacher present. Students in the class can use the pre-scheduled join link ANYTIME and essentially start group video chats/1:1 chats without teacher supervision. We have disabled students’ ability to chat or meet now, but this loophole gives them complete access to do exactly what we have tried to disable. Why is this DANGEROUS? First, any student invited can join the meeting wi/out the teacher and invite ANYONE else in the organziation. Older high school students can invite first graders, middle schoolors, whoever they want. At that point, screen sharing of inappropriate material is easy for them to do. Bullying, sexting, and any other number of inappropriate behaviors can be expected. Related to the issue of students in the class being able to use the join link and enter the meeting w/out the teacher is their ability to Add participants to the meeting. TEAMBOMBING is the next thing coming. Why would we ever want students to be able to invite anyone to a teacher-scheduled meeting? Again, this lack of security is an online SAFETY ISSUE. I have asked Microsoft repeatedly for days to give us a policy setting that allows us to turn-off Add Participants in a meeting and received a “thanks for being patient.” So to recap:
    1. Students should NEVER be permitted to enter a scheduled meeting, before or after, the teacher is present. This is ripe for serious ABUSE.
    2. Students should NEVEr be permitted to Add Participants to a teacher-scheduled meeting. Everything we are seeing about Zoombombing will be a Teams issue. It won’t take studetns long to figure out.

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