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Zoom defines meeting management roles as:

  • Host: The user that scheduled the meeting. They have full permissions to manage the meeting. There can only be one host of a meeting.
  • Co-host: Shares most of the controls that hosts have, such as managing attendees. The host must assign a co-host during the meeting. Co-hosts cannot start a meeting.
  • Alternative host: Shares the same controls as co-hosts, but can also start the meeting. Hosts can assign alternative hosts when they schedule a meeting.

Alternative hosts must have PSU credentials

In your PSU Zoom account, an alternative host must be a PSU community member and have an Odin username to login and authenticate with.

Co-hosts may be non-PSU guests

A co-host may be a meeting participant from outside the PSU community. To admit a non-PSU participant to your meeting, first adjust the default sign-in requirement from PSU account membership to any Zoom account. Once the guest is admitted to your meeting, you can assign them the co-host role.

Next, make sure your own account settings have the co-host role enabled.

  • Sign into the Zoom web portal at
  • In the navigation panel, click Settings.
  • Click the Meeting tab.
  • Under In Meeting (Basic), verify that the Co-host setting is enabled.
    Co-host setting enabled.
  • If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, click Turn On to verify the change.

There are two ways to make a participant a co-host during a meeting.

Once the guest is admitted:

  • Hover over their video.
  • Click the ellipsis (….) icon.
  • Click Make Co-Host.

Or use the participants panel:

  • Click Participants in the meeting controls at the bottom of the Zoom window.
  • In the participants panel, hover over the name of the guest who will co-host, and choose More.
  • Click Make Co-Host.

This article was last updated on Sep 22, 2023 @ 9:50 am.