Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Student Affairs Issues Fountain Run Safety Guidelines

Hundreds of seniors are expected to participate in the annual tradition Thursday night.

University officials issued safety guidelines for the 2013 Fountain Run, scheduled for Thursday at 10 p.m.

Graduating seniors are expected to begin the run at Hoover Street and Jefferson Blvd at the "Finger Fountain" and run through USC's 30 fountains. The annual tradition is a traditionally held during the final week of classes.

In an e-mail to undegraduate students Wednesday, USC Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Denzil J. Suite said:

"For the past few years, a small group of graduating seniors has participated in a fountain run around campus prior to the start of finals in the spring semester. This activity is not supported, condoned, or sponsored by the university. At best, this run is loosely organized for graduating seniors and typically takes place without significant incident or problems."

In past years, hundreds of students have participated in the Fountain Run.

As of Wednesday morning, the fountain between Bing Theatre and Norris Theatre was drained. Last year, water was drained from multiple fountains prior to the run. It is unclear how many other fountains will be drained.

In the e-mail, Suite advised students who chose to participate in the event to take "simple precautions to decrease your risk of injury, citation, or arrest."

  • Please do not consume alcohol prior to or during the event.
  • Please wear protective footwear at all times.
  • Do not climb any fountains or attempt to enter any areas that are closed.
  • Do not vandalize any property or bring open containers of alcohol.
  • Do not bring any glass or breakable items in or near the fountains.

Students are selling tank tops, t-shirts and shorts online.

Leave a comment

We've Moved!

By Sam Bergum
01/21/16 | 11:09 a.m. PST

Visit us at!

USC Basketball Knocks Off Rival UCLA 89- 75

By Scott Cook
01/14/16 | 12:05 a.m. PST

USC defeats UCLA with stellar play from their Freshmen. 

Holiday Bowl - USC vs Wisconsin Post-Game Press Conference

Su'a Cravens: "It's the players that need to step up"

Darreus Rogers: "It comes down to the players"

Trojans Fall to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl 23-21

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.