Self-Defense Courses on Campus
The Center for Women Students organizes and provides self-defense courses facilitated by University Police on campus. These classes are not for credit and are for personal enrichment only.
Map of Nighttime Lighting on Campus
It is important to know the well-lit areas of campus and take those routes when walking around campus at night.
The campus night map (at the bottom of the link) identifies the best-lit routes on campus, as well as the locations of the blue emergency call-box telephones. These call-box telephones are available for use in an emergency and they directly connect with University Police, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Course: A Self-Defense Course for Women Students
RAD is a comprehensive self-defense system for women presented by the The Pennsylvania State University Police and the Center for Women Students. It is the only self-defense course endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
This course is a basic introduction to self-defense techniques and open to currently enrolled women students. Things to gain from attending the course include:
- Awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance options
- Realistic, usable defense tactics
- Lectures and extensive hands-on training enable you to develop confidence and proficiency
- Free lifetime practice policy to return to any RAD class - anywhere
- Who: Certified instructors from the law enforcement community
- When: To Be Announced (participants must attend all 4 sessions)
- Where: To Be Announced
- Cost: FREE! This course is funded by The Giardini Endowment for the Empowerment of Women Students. It is a gift to the Center for Women Students.
- How to Enroll: Contact us and sign up in 204 Boucke, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Certified RAD instructors cover awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, as well as options available to women during a confrontation or attack. The entire course is a total of 12 hours long, taught in three or four sessions. Each session is comprised of a lecture, discussion and learning physical skills.
Upcoming RAD Program Information
Courses are scheduled based on demand, and are offered throughout the year.
For more information on an upcoming RAD program at Penn State, visit the University Police website.