University of Connecticut


Current / Upcoming Classes

UConn Women’s self-defense program for Faculty/Staff:
This current UConn Women’s self-defense program for Faculty/Staff class is full. The next self-defense class is being planned for Summer 2015. Please stay tuned for the dates.


UConn Women’s self-defense program for Students:
Next class is now scheduled. This class is four sessions long with the first class starting on February 19th, running four consecutive Thursday, ending on March 12th 2015.

Dates: February 19th, February 26th, March 5th, & March 12th

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Shippee Hall Pequot Room

This current UConn Women’s self-defense program for Students class is full.


UConn Men’s self-defense program:
We are currently planning the next Men’s self-defense class for the near future. Please stay tuned for the upcoming class dates.


If you have any questions about any of the UConn self-defense programs, please click here to fill out this form.

UConn Self-Defense Programs

Featuring R.A.D. Systems

The UConn Police Department in partnership with Community Standards, the Off-Campus Student Services, and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services functioning together to reaffirm the goal of providing the highest level of safety and well-being to the UConn community offers free-of-charge self-defense classes.

The R.A.D. Basic Personal Defense System is a national program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques network dedicated self-defense instructors that has been established by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors since 1989. UConn self-defense programs include a R.A.D. Basic Personal Defense System for men program and a R.A.D. Basic Personal Defense System for women program. R.A.D. systems is the only self-defense program endorsed by IACLEA.

The goal of the UConn self-defense programs is to provide an easily accessible program of education and awareness for the men and women in our college community. These programs train men and women in basic self-defense techniques and offers viable options when confronted with various threats of violence and aggression.

The R.A.D. system is not a martial arts class. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors from the UConn Police Department.

UConn Men’s Self-Defense Program

The goal of this 12 hour course (4 classes) is to provide realistic self-defense options to men regardless of their physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. for men stands for Resisting Aggression with Defense and is designed to empower men to make different decisions when confronted with aggressive behavior.


UConn Women’s Self-Defense Program

The 14 hour course (12 hours for Faculty/Staff), usually broken down into 3 and 4 hour blocks, educates women about defensive strategies using simple and effective tactics and a unique teaching methodology. This comprehensive course progresses from awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance to basic self-defense participation. The course includes an illustrated and easily read student manual that outlines the entire physical self-defense program. The student class features guest speakers from the Women’s Center, Community Standards, the Office of Student Services & Advocacy, and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crises Services.


Both programs are offered for students and faculty/staff.

For more information on R.A.D. Systems visit their website at


University President Susan Herbst participating in the UConn women's self-defnse program

University President Susan Herbst participating in the UConn women’s self-defense program

“I am glad this class was offered. I enjoyed getting to meet UConn police officers.”
— UConn Avery Point Student

UConn Women's Self-Defense Program in action

UConn Women’s Self-Defense Program in action, Fall 2013

“I would highly recommend this class. I feel so much more confident and capable of warding off an attack.”
— UConn Storrs Faculty Member

“This was an amazing experience. I feel so empowered as a woman and greatly appreciate the skills that I have gained here.”
— UConn Storrs Student

“I feel much more confident that I could defend myself if attacked. I think all women should take this training.”
— UConn Storrs Faculty Member