Colleges consider what fall semester will look like on campus

Penn State University came under fire for asking students to sign what critics called a liability agreement during COVID-19.
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Covid on campus. Students arriving at college for the start of a year that will be unlike any other. At Penn state that school was already forced to do an about-face after coming under fire for asking students to sign what amounted to a liability waiver. Our Trevor Ault is at Rutgers university for us this morning in New Jersey. Good morning to you, Trevor. Reporter: Good morning, T.J. Rutgers football is one of those big ten sports that's been postponed this year because of the virus and when Rutgers starts up its fall semester, hardly any classes will be held in person. Across the country other colleges are starting to welcome back their students but the on campus experience has changed a lot. College move-in day is looking very different this year. Penn state is still prepping for its fall start ordering staggering amounts of ppe, 1.5 million surgical masks, 33,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, but the university is under fire for asking its nearly 100,000 students to sign what critics are calling a liability agreement reading in part, quote, I assume any and all risk of exposure to covid-19 that may result from attending Penn state and I acknowledge that exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability or death. Penn state says that document was only meant to acknowledges the school's guidelines and has since changed the language telling ABC news it is not a legal agreement and was never intended as such. At other schools where the move-in has already started -- Oh, man. Wow. Reporter: For students like salaya, it's not what she imagined. I thought there would be lots of people everywhere and the time you got to meet a lot of different people and it was like way different. Reporter: As a freshman at North Carolina a&t state she'll have four virtue Cal classes and only one in person. I always wear my mask and we ray the whole room with lysol. Reporter: At California's westmont college where the cav tear is fitted with plexiglas the 1200 students hoping to move into dorms will be randomly tested for covid throughout the year with a limit of two people per room. If quarantine doesn't drive me crazy this puzzle will. Reporter: A hotel room is serving for this sophomore. She is in the midst of a 14-day quarantine after traveling from California but she'll live at the hotel the entire semester. I think overall it's going to be much safer and more convenient than living in the dorms, especially in terms of Corona because I will have my own bathroom I don't have to share with roughly five other people on my floor. Reporter: And notre dame university just resumed classes on Monday and according to the student newspaper, already at least 11 students have tested positive. They say most of those cases are tied to a single gathering that was in a crowded area with no one wearing masks. Whit. Tough decisions for these universities, Trevor Ault for us, thank you.

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