Managing Google Meet Attendees

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Google Meet has a built-in set of security settings to ensure that Saint Peter’s Faculty, Staff and Students can create and join meetings, and can restrict non-Saint Peter’s email addresses from joining a meeting unless admitted. The meeting organizer can also remove participants from a meeting. This article demonstrates how to invite, manage and remove Google Meet session attendees.




Access to Google Meet sessions do have built-in restrictions in place, by not allowing those with non-SPU email addresses to join a meeting without authorization. 

If a Saint Peter’s University Faculty member, Staff member or Student clicks a link for a Google Meet while logged into their SPU email account, they see the below screen, in which displays a “Join Now” button to let them come into the meeting. 

If a person who is using a non-SPU Email address clicks or attempts to access a link, or tries to enter a meeting by typing in a Google Meet URL, they see the below screen, in which displays a “Ask to Join” button. Clicking this will put them in a virtual “waiting room”. 

While they are in the “virtual waiting room”, a message will display in the Google Meet session letting the organizer know that someone is asking to attend. They are not able to enter the meeting unless the meeting organizer admits them: 

If a person who is not logged into any Google Account at all clicks or attempts to access a link, or tries to enter a meeting by typing in a Google Meet URL, they see the below screen, which prompts them to enter a name in order to “Ask to Join” the meeting. 

Once they enter a name and click ‘Ask to Join”, a message will display in the Google Meet session letting the organizer know that someone is asking to attend, and they are “unverified”. They are not able to enter the meeting unless the meeting organizer admits them: 

If they are denied entry, they will see the below screen, which lets them know that they cannot join the call, because the meeting organizer has denied their request to join. 

Within a Google Meet session that is underway, it is also possible to invite participants. Once inside the meeting, this can be done by clicking the “Persons” icon at the lower right: 

After this, click the “Add People” icon: 

From here, you can invite people to a meeting via email (entering their email address or name if they are a Contact), or by toggling to “Call” and typing their phone number. 

If you start typing a person’s name, their SPU email address will appear in the dropdown list for you to select. You can invite more than one person at a time.

You may invite people who are outside of SPU by typing out their full email address as well: if you do so, you will see the below message when attempting to invite them which lets you know that one or more email addresses you have entered are from outside Saint Peter’s University. 

Clicking “Send Invite” will send the invitation to anyone’s emails you have added, and that person gets an email and can click through it to join without having to be authorized: 

Google Meet URLs should only be shared with the immediate meeting participants (never made public). For faculty members, posting Meet URLs within your Announcements on Blackboard is a great way to ensure only SPU students get the links to your meetings via their SPU email addresses. 

A meeting organizer can mute or remove attendees from a meeting, or set a participant as a co-host. If you are the meeting organizer, this can be done by clicking the “Person” icon at the lower right:

After this, you will see the names of the meeting participants. To the right of their name is an icon indicating whether they are muted or not – if it is blue with three dots, they are not muted. To mute them, click the blue with three dots icon. You will see a prompt: 

Click “Mute” to confirm you would like to mute that participant. (NOTE – only a participant may unmute themselves.)

Once they are muted, the icon will look like this:

To pin a participant to your screen, remove them from the meeting, or change their role to a co-host, click the vertical 3-dot icon to the far right side of the participant, and the following menu should display:

Pinning a participant to your screen means you will see them appear regardless of who is currently talking. You can un-pin them after pinning them, by toggling this option. This does not affect anyone else in the Meet  – only what you see on the main window. Meeting participants can also choose what appears for them in the main window of the meeting, by pinning another participant’s window.  

Clicking the circle with the minus symbol at the right will remove the participant. You will be prompted with a confirmation when attempting to do so – continue and the person will be removed and see the below message. 

Adding a participant as a co-host allows them to have similar permissions as a meeting organizer, such as the ability to manage the recording and participants (inviting, muting, and removing others). They will be notified that they have been added as a co-host.

Make sure to not click “Admit” on anyone trying to join your Google Meet unless you are absolutely sure you know who they are; if they are using their SPU Account, they will not need to request access this way, and will be able to automatically join your meeting.

If you are experiencing issues with Google Meet, please contact IT Client Services by emailing


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