R.A.D. Training Course

Picture of a student taking the R.A.D. trainingWe offer this program in conjunction with other sexual assault awareness strategies. We recognize that sexual assault is a complex problem, and there are many different initiatives that can work in concert to address the issue.

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.

The R.A.D. Training course is sponsored by SAFER (Students Active For Ending Rape), the InterGreek Council, the Sexual Assault Awareness & Programming Committee (SAAPC),  the Office of Student Affairs, a Wal-Mart Community Grant and the University Police Department.

R.A.D. System National Web Site


The University Police Department is pleased to announce that the R.A.D. Training course will again be offered on our campus. The program is a 12 hour course that will be offered FREE to SUNY Cortland students, faculty and staff. The program consists of four 3 hour sessions.

Course dates:

  • The Spring 2016 course dates will be posted in January 2016.

To register email Asst. Chief Mark DePaull at mark.depaull@cortland.edu