Safety Training

We offer a variety of opportunities for the DU community to learn about safety-related issues. All classes listed below are open to current students, staff and faculty. Self-defense classes (R.A.D. and Intro. to Self Defense) are open to unaffiliated community members as well. In addition to these classes, we are always able to put together custom safety presentations for groups. All classes are free except First Aid/CPR/AED which has a $25 card fee. To discuss a custom class, please contact us.

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R.A.D. Video:

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.

  • R.A.D. for Women

    R.A.D. for women has its foundation in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. R.A.D. for women classes are typically 12-15 hours in length which can be split up over several days. R.A.D. for women class is usually held once a quarter, but additional classes can be scheduled per request. Students may sign up R.A.D. Training at If you have a group of 5 or more participants and would like to schedule a class for your group, contact our R.A.D. coordinator via e-mail.

  • R.A.D. for Men

    R.A.D. for men stands for "Resisting Aggression with Defense". Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. R.A.D. For Men classes are typically 10 hours in length and can be split up between several days. R.A.D. For Men is held for groups of 5 or more upon request. If you have a group of 5 or more participants and would like to schedule a class, contact our R.A.D. coordinator via e-mail.

First Aid/CPR/AED Training

Beginning Jan 1st, 2018 there will be a $25 Card Fee payable by check to the University of Denver Campus Safety. Participants will be trained in adult, child, and infant CPR, choking response, and use of an Automated External Defibrillator. Certifications are through the American Heart Association and last 2 years. Staff and Faculty may sign up for this course in the training section of the employee tab on PioneerWeb. Students may sign up by using the following link:

90-minute self-defense course

In response to requests from the community, the Division of Campus Safety now offers free, 90 minute basic self defense classes for students, staff and faculty of all genders. These courses go over basic self-defense and risk-avoidance techniques. This class is perfect for community members who cannot dedicate 15 hours to a more intense Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class but still want to feel prepared to defend themselves if necessary. Staff and Faculty may sign up for this course in the training section of the employee tab on PioneerWeb. Students may sign up by using the following link: Community members without a DU affiliation should contact our R.A.D. Coordinator to register.

Mace in Your Face: Pepper Spray Defense

45 min - Participants will learn about the legal aspects and medical considerations for carrying and using pepper spray for their own personal safety. The course includes practical skill exercises using inert pepper spray canisters.

Students may sign up by using the following link: or email the Training Coordinator to schedule.

Crime Prevention 101

2 hours - This is a volunteer program open to all University faculty and staff. Upon joining participants are provided with training in how to respond to basic emergencies and are assigned to their building’s Emergency Response Team. Team Members are given a certificate and identification vest upon completion of initial training.

This class is scheduled on demand. Please email our training coordinator to schedule.

Fire Extinguisher Training

1 hour - This is a free course to all DU Community Members with the goal of enhancing emergency preparedness on campus. Participants will receive hands-on instruction with extinguishers and training simulator. Please note this course requires a minimum of 10 registered participants. If enrollment is not met, cancellation will occur within 24 hours of the course date. Contact the Training Coordinator to request a private class.