Live Streaming from Zoom


Zoom at U-M


Live streaming is allowed from a UM Zoom webinar but not from a UM Zoom meeting.


Live Stream Zoom Webinar

Live streaming is available for webinars.This setting can be toggled on/off under "Allow livestreaming of webinars"

Note: As explained below, meetings cannot be live streamed, so the setting "Allow livestreaming of meetings" is permanently toggled off and locked for Zoom at U-M.

You can live stream to Youtube, Twitch and to Facebook Workplace. However, Facebook Workplace is no longer free, so this would most likely not be the best option unless the department is paying for an account. You can learn more about how to set up live streaming webinars with these services at

Unable to Live Stream Zoom Meetings

The ITS Security team set the requirement to disable live streaming for Zoom Meetings based on the following factors:

  • U-M's agreement with Zoom provides certain institutional protections and assurances related to how U-M data can be used and shared.
  • U-M does not have a contract or other institutional agreement with Facebook, Twitch or YouTube.  
    • Essentially, U-M data could be shared, sold, or used to track user behavior, serve ads, and more.
  • Using Facebook, Twitch or YouTube with students in a classroom or advising context violates FERPA, due to the lack of the institutional protections found in U-M contracts and agreements.

Given there are differences in how data sharing and privacy work in Zoom Meetings vs Zoom Webinars, streaming in Zoom Webinars is allowed with the caveat that the streaming may not include anything to do with instruction or advising.  Streaming "Public" type events (graduations, other public programming) is permissible via the default providers.

Additional Information

Need additional information or assistance? Contact the ITS Service Center.

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