Technique - Basic Self Defense

A few simple steps you can take to prepare yourself in advance.

Know Your Resources

  • Familiarize yourself with your university‚Äôs student code of conduct and cite it on your syllabus.
  • Find out who to turn to on your campus for emergencies, threat assessment, and support.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy.

Use Your Resources

  • Address disruptive behaviors immediately, and call for help whenever necessary. The sooner the behaviors are addressed, the greater the likelihood for a solution that works for the student, the faculty member, and the university.

Practice Situational Awareness

  • Carry a cell phone or know where the nearest emergency phone is located.
  • If you meet with a disruptive student outside of class, stay in public places and ask a colleague to join you.
  • Pay attention to details and make notes immediately after all disruptive incidents.