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Conferencing Calling

Conference Calling

Conference calls on multi-line telephones can connect up to six lines (five phone numbers plus the person initiating the call).

To make a conference call:

  • Initiate a regular call with one of the conference parties.
  • Press the CONFERENCE button. You will hear a dial tone.
  • Dial the number for the next person you wish to include in the conference call. This number can be internal or external to Loyola. (Any calling restrictions in place for your telephone will apply.)
  • Press the CONFERENCE button again.
  • Repeat steps 2-4 (up to three more times) until all parties are connected to the call.

Any call participant, including the person who initiates the conference, can hang up at any time and the others will stay connected. Pressing the DROP button will disconnect the parties on the call in reverse order (i.e., the last party to join the call will be the first call dropped). Participants can drop themselves from the call at any time by hanging up.

Polycom Speaker Phones

Information Technology Services has a number of the Polycom conference phones available for use on campus. Contact Digital Media Services (DMS) to reserve a phone.

  • Lakeshore Campus - x 8-8029
  • Water Tower Campus - x 5-6950

Polycom Soundstation 2

Conference calls on single-line telephone can connect up to three lines (two numbers plus the person initiation the call).

To make a conference call:

  • Press the switch hook button, picture of a handset, to receive dial tone.
  • Dial the phone number of the 1st party.
  • Press the conference button (silhouette of 3 people). The first party is put on hold and receive new dial tone.
  • Dial the phone number of the second party.
  • Press the conference button to tie all 3 lines together.

Conference Calling Using an Outside Provider

An external call bridge is a good choice for large group conference, both internal and external to Loyola. Our suggested provider is freeconferencecall.com. Account creation is free. However, there is no 800 number access.

For More Information

For more information on any of these conferencing options, please contact the Loyola Service Desk at 773.508/4487 or ITSServiceDesk@luc.edu or via self-service at luc.edu/itsserviceportal