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Fax: 202-885-1867

9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. For emergencies, please call 202-885-3636.

Don Myers Building

Univ Police / Emergency Mngmnt 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8068 United States

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Self-Defense Program Free Classes for the AU Community

American University's Police Department offers free self-defense classes each semester. Courses are available in gender-specific or gender-neutral formats, with full course and short course options. Any member of the American University community is eligible for the class, and no prerequisites, past experience or physical fitness level are required.

Self-Defense provides information, tactics, and considerations which may be useful for various types of dangerous encounters. The course is taught by certified self-defense instructors who work for University Police.

Interested in holding a private class? We are happy to hold classes for groups that are unable to make the pre-scheduled classes. If you are interested in holding a class not listed on our calendar please contact Lieutenant Rima Sifri at