Zoom's "Chat" function is a helpful tool for quickly communicating with students during a remote class session. However, "Chat" can also be a space for disruptive behavior or the dissemination of objectionable or offensive materials or links. One way to limit disruptive "Chat" behavior is to disable public and private messages between participants. Once public and private messages are disabled, participants will only be able to send messages to, and receive messages from, the Host.
From the Host’s Toolbar, open the "Chat" window by clicking on the "Chat" icon.
In the "Chat" window, click on the "More" button in the bottom right-hand corner (opposite where you can chose a message recipient). Note: The "More" button may appear as a square with an ellipsis inside, rather than a button with the word "More" (see image below).
In the drop-down menu, select the "Host only" option under the "Participants Can Chat With:" heading. This will make all chats two-way between the host and the individual the host chooses to message or who chooses to message the host. When this option is selected, participants will not be able to message each other or to post messages in the public forum.