Take a Self Defense Class


The University of Chicago’s Rape Aggression Defense (UC-RAD)  course teaches skills necessary to make an educated decision in the event of a physical threat. This approach to physical defense, offered at many colleges and universities, begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to basic hands-on defense training. Our courses are taught by certified UC-RAD instructors and provide opportunities to practice avoidance and physical techniques in a controlled environment.

Who Can Enroll?

Priority is given to students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and other academic appointees of the University of Chicago. Community members can also register for a course. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is required prior to class. Please note that enrollment is limited.

A minor (age 18 and under) may register for the course, but participants must first receive permission from a parent or legal guardian before participating in any of the activities of the courses.

There is no cost for these programs or the program materials. For UC-RAD the course is generally taught in three 4-hour sessions or four 3-hour sessions. UC-RAD has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion, and self-defense techniques suitable to people of all ages and abilities. At the end of the course, class members will have the option of participating in a dynamic simulation, which gives them the opportunity to practice their avoidance and physical techniques in a controlled learning environment.

Sign Up for a Course

To sign up for a UC-RAD course please fill out the online form. For questions about UC-RAD, please call 773.702.6008.