Self-Defense Programs

S.A.F.E. Program

(Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange)

SAFE is a 1.5 to 2-hour (WOMEN ONLY) self-defense class that focuses on awareness, risk reduction information, and a few basic, physical techniques. SAFE certified instructors teach the program several times throughout the semester. For more on the SAFE class, visit the NSDI SAFE course webpage or access our SAFE page via the link on the left of this page.

R.A.D. Program

(Rape Aggression Defense)

RAD is a 12-hour (WOMEN ONLY) self-defense class, typically completed over the course of several sessions. RAD focuses on increasing overall awareness, risk reduction behaviors in various settings, and a diverse set of practical physical techniques.  The RAD program includes a capstone portion of the class whereby attendees will undergo a simulation of a real-world situation. During this simulation, they may use the techniques they have learned on an instructing male officer. RAD certified instructors teach the program on an on-demand basis/schedule. For more on the RAD program, visit the RAD Systems webpage or access our RAD page via the link on the left of this page.

Both of the above programs are available free to UM faculty, staff, and students.

On-Demand Booking:

Small groups and campus organizations may book one of the above courses at any time with UMPD.  Interested parties must provide a number of attendees, date(s) and time(s) that they wish to conduct the course (with at least 2-weeks lead time), and have identified an appropriate space on campus in which we may hold the class. Otherwise, UMPD may make arrangements for space and charge the group accordingly. Groups have a minimum requirement of 5 people in order to book a course.

Individuals may call or email to be placed on a waiting list and be contacted when the next scheduled course becomes available.  

For more information, please contact the Self-Defense Campus Program Coordinator:

Alexandra Martinez - Programs Manager at 305-284-1105 or