Self Defense

Upcoming Classes

  • Basic Self-Defense
    2020 Dates TBD
  • Using Pepper Spray
    2020 Dates TBD

No registration is required; classes are open to students and to employees. The classes don’t have to be taken together or at the same time, but police highly recommend that people who carry pepper spray take both.

UOPD Classes

The University of Oregon Police Department offers different self-defense trainings:

  • Short (around one-hour) basics classes, or drop-in sessions, arranged and advertised periodically by the department
  • Two-day intensive classes based on the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System

The R.A.D. System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The program is a comprehensive, women-only 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. 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.

Visit the R.A.D. Systems website for more information:

If you are interested in hosting or attending a R.A.D. class at the University of Oregon please contact Sergeant Jared Davis (email; or call 541-346-9224).

UO Credit Courses

The UO also offers various self-defense credit classes through the Physical Education and Recreation (PE/REC) Department.