Firstly, the University NEEDS to pause classes as students readjust their entire lives to the ramifications of the irresponsible decision to try classes in person. We need at least a week or two to readjust ourselves and get settled in somewhere safe for the duration of the semester. How anyone expects us to keep the same quality of work up while our lives are in such limbo is beyond me.
Next, please do lean on the decisions of the past in terms of grades. This is a semester like no other, and I do not believe we should allow University leaders to hold us to the same standards as they would in a normal semester, especially because this is truly a semester like no other. That said, I'd urge University leaders to reenact the Pass/Fail option for ALL classes during the Fall 2020 semester.
Lastly, I'd urge the University to pay their student employees for the hard work they've put into this semester to get campus up and running, as well as pay them for the duration of the semester. It isn't fair to work these people super hard at the beginning of the year, pay them a small amount for one month of work tops (no hazard pay, mind you) and then show them the door and say "so sorry." about the other four months of paychecks.
The decision to return to in-person learning was indeed the wrong decision, and an extremely irresponsible one at that. Do not punish your students further. We already have enough hardships to deal with. Do the right things.