COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M University has decided to cancel The Big Event 2020 due to the coronavirus.
The university says student leaders and university administration made the decision in a "proactive effort to minimize COVID-19 exposure."
The Big Event is the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation where tens of thousands of Texas A&M students participate and perform service projects such as yard work, window washing, and painting for residents of the Bryan-College Station community.
Last year, the event served over 2,300 residents and had over 18,500 student volunteers, according to the organization's website.
In response to the coronavirus, Texas A&M has canceled classes this week and will be resuming online classes from March 23 to the last day of classes on April 28. The university is remaining open to faculty, staff and students who choose to be on campus.
Texas A&M says no undergraduate students will be required to be physically on campus but students are permitted to be on campus for services and facility usage in line with meetings with a maximum of 50 participants. Graduate and professional students should contact their respective programs for guidance.