We regret to inform all members of our community that STARR classes are cancelled until further notice.

The University of Kentucky Police Department is continually working to provide a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus. However, it is important for citizens to take steps to decrease the risk of becoming victims. To further encourage women and members of the LGBTQ* community to take an active interest in their own safety, we provide the S.T.A.R.R. program. The Self Defense Tactics and Risk Reduction course is designed for individuals over the age of 13 with no maximum age limit.

Course Curriculum

The program begins with a 2 hour discussion on ways to reduce your risk of being targeted and general safety tips including awareness. The remaining 7 hours teaches the basics of hands-on self-defense training which is all active learning.  So, get ready to break a sweat! We seek to empower women with the knowledge of how to defend against larger and often stronger attackers. Strikes, kicks and ground defense techniques are all taught in a non-threatening atmosphere by our instructors who are certified police officers. The final test of the class is a culmination of techniques learned in a simulated attack called Fight Night.  This class offers students an opportunity for overcoming fear of helplessness, allows students with past sexual assault trauma to transform that experience into a positive, healing experience. Students are taught to assert themselves physically and verbally by yelling commands "no" or "stop" with every elbow punch, sweep kick or palm heel strike to a padded instructor.


​The benefits of self-defense include preventing sexual assault, reducing assault attempts and increasing confidence.  Survivors may come away from the course feeling victorious and overcome feelings of past victimization.

"My only regret about this class is that I wish I had taken it years ago. This is the single most important class I have ever taken in my entire life. What I learned in STARR could have prevented sexual assault from happening to me. Even years later, I got something back that I thought I had lost. I've never been afforded an opportunity to feel as empowered and victorious as I felt on Fight Night. I hope this class has the same kind of impact on you as it did me," -STARR participant.

Course Availability & Location

The STARR class is comprised of three hour classes for three consecutive days. Please select one of the following sessions:

Upcoming Session Registration

The class is taught in the Bill Gatton Student Center on 160 Avenue of Champions, on North Campus and is open to the public. There is NO fee for the class. Individuals under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent/guardian sign a consent form.

Please contact Mandi Banahan regarding S.T.A.R.R. questions or concerns.