Self-Defense Workshops

The University of South Carolina Police Department offers SAFE self-Defense workshops, lectures, and presentations to increase the confidence and self-efficacy of the Carolina community. These can be customized to a variety of audiences both internal and external to the University. Workshops have been given to a variety of groups including the commission for the blind, churches, and sorority houses.

  • One hour, lecture style self-defense presentations are offered to all faculty, staff and students.
  • Two-hour hands-on workshops are offered to women and men.
  • Four-hour hands-on workshops are offered to women only. Participation is not mandatory, and attendees can observe without contact if they feel uncomfortable.

Women’s Self-Defense Workshops given in partnership with USC’s Student Health Services Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP) will be offered on the following Fridays in 2017:

  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 12

These workshops are highly interactive and full contact. They are free of charge to all faculty, staff, and students and will be held from 12-4 p.m. in the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, room 116.

A two-hour hands-on workshop for male faculty and staff members will be held on the following date from 2-4p.m. at the ROTC building:

  • Friday, November 4, 2016

A two-hour hands-on workshop for members of the LGBT community and allies will be held on the following date from 3-5 p.m.; location will be included in the registration verification email:

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Register by sending an email to with your name, phone number, and the date of the workshop you wish to attend. Space in each workshop is limited to 30 participants, so register early to secure your place.