UMass Amherst Police Department site header
About UMPD
Emergency Preparedness on Campus
Crime Prevention
Personal Safety
Crime Alerts and Statistics
Residence Hall Security
Campus and Community Resources
Reporting a Crime

Emergencies: Dial 9-1-1
Call (413) 545-2121

R.A.D. – Rape Aggression
Defense System

The R.A.D. System teaches women about rape awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance while they build basic hands-on defense skills. The goal is to provide women with several options for self-defense so that they can make an educated decision about resistance in case of attack.

The UMPD invites female students, faculty, and staff to partake in the R.A.D. course free of charge. The course teaches easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics and techniques to protect against various types of assaults. Participants must commit to the full 14 hours of class time, which consists of four classes, three and a half hours each.

The UMPD also teaches the R.A.D. course on request to specific groups on campus, such as women’s athletic teams. Similar courses are available for men upon request.

R.A.D. Course Details

The first night of the R.A.D. course includes an overview and discussion of risk reduction and prevention. On the subsequent two nights students learn and practice physical defense moves. The final session is a simulation of an attack. This is the class where everything the student learns comes together. Participating in the simulation is strictly voluntary, but students must be present to observe. They may still complete the class if they choose not to volunteer in the simulated attack. However, the vast majority of women who perform the simulation leave feeling empowered and confident in their abilities.

Free Return Policy

Once a woman has graduated from the R.A.D. course, she becomes a lifetime member. She may then go anywhere in the United States and Canada where R.A.D. is offered and attend a class for free, provided that there is room in the class. She can attend the entire course or just a simulation to brush up on her techniques.

Instructor Training

The UMPD R.A.D. Instructors are certified to teach Advanced, Flashlight /Keychain, and Aerosol techniques as well as a R.A.D. KIDS Program.

Police Department Goals

The UMPD adopted the R.A.D. training program as a proactive effort for the women of UMass Amherst and the surrounding area. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim. Our goal is to teach that physical defense is not only prudent, but also necessary if resistance is to be effective. The R.A.D. system empowers women to make their own decisions regarding self-defense options, and also provides an emotional support system to see them through the experience in the event of an attack.

For more information contact Brian Kellogg

Visit the R.A.D. Web site for more information on the program.

UMass Amherst R.A.D. classes are funded in part by an annual donation from the Student Government Association.

RAD Spring Semester 2014

UMPD and Recreation Center Staff will be collaborating to teach a Basic Women’s Self Defense class this spring.

The class will be held in room 215 of the Recreation Center starting Friday Feb. 21st and will be taught every Friday (except spring break week) until April 25th.

The classes will be from 3p-4:30p and no pre-registration is necessary. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Class will be capped at 30 students.

R.A.D. for Kids and Parents

The UMPD offers a R.A.D. program for kids and parents. The program helps educate families about home safety (including gun and internet safety), school safety, stranger tricks and defense against abduction, vehicle safety, and personal safety. Contact the UMPD for more details (413-545-2121).