Plan. Prepare. Respond.

Stop violence before it happens. Be prepared with trainings, tips and awareness.

Trainings Offered:

RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) 

The Cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Classes range from a minimum of 9-12 hours in length, depending on the Instructor.

ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate)

1 ½ hour class
Dates:September 27
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Carroll Hall, Regis Room, room 125
No registration required

Training prepares individuals to handle the threat of an Active Shooter. ALICE Training teaches individuals to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety. Though no one can guarantee success in this type of situation, this new set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival should anyone face this form of disaster.

Self Defense

Safety and Empowerment Skills:

Three-hour class
Group Fitness area in Coors Life Direction Center
No fee
6:00-9:00 p.m. on September 19
No registration required

Self defense training encompasses a verbal defense and personal empowerment portion in addition to physical defense training.

CPR/First Aid

1.5 hours on Oct 6, Nov 3
Claver Hall room 329
Cost $50
Participants will be required to complete online course prior to classroom instruction. Instructions will be provided after you register.
Please email questions to safety@regis.edu.


For information on how to protect yourself from dating violence, stalking and sexual assault, visit the violence prevention and awareness page. You can also contact Andy Thyrring, violence prevention program coordinator, at 303.458.4029 or athyrring@regis.edu

Keep checking back for more information, and please email safety@regis.edu to let us know you would like to save a space in the next class. 

Safety Tips

From the moment you walk on campus to graduation day, you should be safe with yourself and with your possessions. These are some safety tips that you should follow while on campus or anywhere you will be.

Active Shooter Safety

Not sure what to do if there is an active shooter on campus? Shots Fired, an active shooter training video, can help you follow the right procedures. Please log in with your Regis credentials to access the video. 

Student Fundamentals

  • Study the campus and neighborhood with respect to routes between your residence and class/activities schedule. Know where emergency phones are located. Familiarize yourself with the location of emergency telephones, both indoor and outdoor.
  • Share your class/activities schedule with parents and a network of close friends, effectively creating a type of "buddy" system. Give network telephone numbers to your parents, advisors, and friends.
  • Survey the campus, academic buildings, residence halls, and other facilities while classes are in session and after dark to become familiar with your environment.
  • Travel in well-lighted and busy areas. At night, be aware of shrubbery, dark doorways and alleys where people can hide.
  • Although Campus Safety Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we cannot be at every place at every time. Therefore, when traveling about the campus, travel in groups of two or more and always travel in well lit, heavily traveled areas. Use our escort service after dark. Never walk alone at night. Avoid "shortcuts".
  • Follow what your instincts tell you. If you're walking on campus and just have a strange feeling that something's wrong, then something may be wrong. Change directions to a well-traveled, well-lit area and head toward a campus emergency phone, to Campus Safety, or to your residence hall.
  • Use the buddy system. If you're out walking on campus or heading to a local bar, take a friend with you and don't leave his or her side. Watch out for each other and make sure that the other makes it safely back to their room. While you're at the bar, if someone harasses you, tell your bartender or server.
  • If ever confronted by a "flasher," there are certain steps that Campus Safety urge you to follow. First, if you feel that you are in danger, get away--leave the area. Immediately contact Campus Safety at 303-458-4122. Campus Safety will ask you several questions, and it is important to relay the information to the best of your ability. Campus Safety will ask for a description of the subject: was s/he wearing anything, how tall was the subject, what hair color did the subject have, etc. Also, Campus Safety will ask for the location that this occurred, did the subject leave the area, and, if so, which way did the subject go. Were there any cars in the area or did the subject leave in a car. Any information you can provide is valuable information; and Campus Safety strongly encourages you to call as soon as possible after the incident.
  • Know your neighborhood and campus; find out which buildings are open late (or early) and where you go to summon help if needed.
  • Choose an ATM that is located inside a building, such as Main Hall or other well-lit locations. Never count cash at the machine or in public. Wait until you are in a secure place.
  • Obtain a whistle from the Violence Prevention (Andy Thyrring 303-458-4029, athyrring@regis.edu) and carry it with you at all times. Use your whistle to draw attention.
  • Call for an escort.

Residence

  • Always lock your car and your room. Many thefts occur when the student is away from their room for just a few minutes. Do not loan out your ID/keycard. Notify Residence Life immediately if you lose your ID/keycard.
  • Always lock your doors and 1st and 2nd floor windows at night. Never compromise your safety for a roommate who asks you to leave the door unlocked.
  • Never give your student ID/keycard to anyone, even if they are your best friend.
  • Residence Halls have a central entrance/exit lobby where nighttime access is monitored, as well as an outside telephone which visitors must use to gain access.
  • Do not leave your identification, wallets, checkbooks, jewelry, cameras, and other valuables in open view. Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
  • Add Regis Campus Safety to your cellphone speed dial, 303-458-4122.
  • Know your neighbors and don't be reluctant to report illegal activities and suspicious loitering.

Plan What You Will Do if Confronted by an Assailant

  • Be aware of people and circumstances around you.
  • Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
  • An immediate reaction of yelling or screaming may be helpful.
  • You are worth more than all the money or possessions you may have. Those items may be replaced.
  • Every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide what course of action is appropriate.
  • Send the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going, even if you don’t.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
  • Sign up for a self-defense course such as Rape Aggression Defense System (RADS) that is offered by Regis Campus Safety each semester

If a Crime Does Occur

If a crime does occur on campus or in off-campus housing, make sure you are not in any danger then immediately notify the police. Any delay in reporting an incident decreases the chances of apprehending the suspect. 

Bike Safety

  • Consider using a U-Bolt style lock for your bicycle. Attach lock through a wheel, the frame, and a stationary object such as a bicycle rack.
  • Engrave the bicycle to deter thieves and to help in identifying and returning a stolen bicycle. Mark your identification in two different locations on non-removable parts.
  • Report any suspicious behavior you see around the bicycle racks. Never leave your bicycle unattended anywhere.
  • Be sure that the bicycle cannot be lifted over what you are locking it to.
  • For bicycles with quick-release wheels, lock both wheels and the frame to a secure structure.
  • Secure components such as seat posts with quick release levers, lights, saddle bags or remove them.
  • Make the lock as awkward as possible to get at.
  • Do not leave your bicycle locked to racks on campus over the summer unless you are attending the summer semester.
  • Before you walk away from your bicycle, do a quick check that your lock is really secure and there are no easily removable items.
  • Make sure that in parking and locking your bicycle you are not impeding pedestrian or handicap access.
  • Keep a record of your bicycle's make, model, color, and frame number.

Dating Safety

When first dating someone, consider meeting in a public place and avoid being alone until you have gotten to know one another.

When you are ready to go out or to a party, have a plan. Know where you are going, who you are going with, and how much you plan on drinking.

Before you and your partner start drinking, have a conversation about your limits, and what do and do not want to do later that night. When you are intoxicated, it can be hard to judge a situation. Rather than run the risk of crossing a line, know where you and your partner stand before you drink.

Always watch your drink being prepared, or if you can, prepare all of your drinks yourself. If you lose sight of your drink, get a new one—that way you know what is in it and how much alcohol you are consuming. Eighty percent of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol, and overconsuming can be risky.

Accepting a drink from someone you don’t know can be risky. A lot of date rape drugs are undetectable when mixed with alcohol. They can be flavorless.  

Stay with your group of friends. Make sure a dependable friend knows where you are and who you are with at all times.

You don’t have to spend time with someone who you don’t know or trust. Even if someone asks you to leave with them, you can say you’d rather stay with your group of friends.

If you do hit it off with someone you just met, make sure you both are able to consent to any after-party activities. Get a clear, willing, and sober yes. 

If you start to feel strange or unusually intoxicated, seek help from a friend. Do Not leave with someone you just met or that you do not know.

If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe respect to your potential partner. These suggestions can help you to reduce your risk for crossing your partner’s boundaries:

  • Listen carefully. Take time to hear what the other person has to say. If you feel they are not being direct or are giving you a “mixed message,” ask for clarification.
  • If your partner says “no” at any point, believe them and stop. “No” does not mean “yes” or that you should try to convince your partner to continue. If they say “no”, stop what you are doing and talk to your partner to establish boundaries.
  • Don’t make assumptions about a person’s behavior. If a person is dressed provocatively, they are intoxicated, or they agree to go to your room or walk home with you, this does NOT mean they want to have sex with you. If someone has had sex with you before, this does not mean they are willing to have sex with you again. Also, if your partner consents to kissing or other sexual activities, this does not mean they are consenting to all sexual activities. Before initiating any sexual activity, ask your partner if that is what they want to happen.
  • Establish consent when you both are sober. This is especially important if you both plan on drinking. Have the conversation before you go out to establish boundaries and keep everyone safe.
  • Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent.
  • Be aware that having sex with someone who is incapable of giving consent is sexual assault. If you have sex with someone who is drugged, intoxicated, passed out, or is otherwise incapable of saying no or knowing what is going on around them, that is considered sexual assault.
  • Be careful in group situations; resist pressure from friends to participate in violent acts.
  • Take action if you believe someone is at risk. If you see someone in trouble or someone pressuring another person, don’t be afraid to intervene.
  • Remember that sexual assault is a crime. It is never acceptable to force sexual activity, no matter what the circumstances. If your partner says no, is too intoxicated, or is no longer actively participating, you must stop.

More than 90 percent of sexual assaults that occur among college students involve people who know each other and the majority involve use of alcohol or other drugs.

The person who commits a sexual assault is always responsible for their actions; the victim or survivor is never to blame. You can reduce the likelihood that you or your friends will be assaulted or will assault someone. Below are some tips for you to consider in making Regis a safer community.

Reduce the Risk of Being Assaulted

If you live in a residence hall, lock your door when you leave or are asleep.

If you are out late at night, walk with friends you know well.  Avoid walking alone at night and know where emergency phones are located.

If you see a concerning situation, do your best to intervene. Interrupt the situation if you feel comfortable or call Campus Safety, the police, or your Resident Advisor for help. 

Know your sexual intentions and limits. Communicate them to your partner. If you are unsure of what you want, tell your partner to respect your feelings. You have the right to say NO to any unwanted sexual contact at any time.

Let your partner know what is and is not ok before you start drinking. Establishing boundaries before either of you are intoxicated will help you establish consent and stay within each other’s limits. 

If you say “No,” say it like you mean it. Avoid giving mixed messages. Back up your words with a firm voice and clear body language. Do not assume that someone will automatically know how you feel or will eventually “get the message” without you having to say anything.

Remember that some people think that drinking, dressing provocatively, or going to your or your date’s room is saying you are willing to have sex. Be clear up front about your limits in such situations.

Listen to your gut feeling. If you feel uncomfortable or think you might be at risk, leave the situation immediately and go to a safe place.

Don’t be afraid to “make waves” if you feel threatened. If you feel you are being pressured or coerced into sexual activity, state your feelings and leave the situation.

Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. 

If You Experience Sexual Violence

  1. Get to a safe location. If the situation is serious enough that you are concerned about your physical safety, dial 911 or Campus Safety at 303.458.4122.
  2. Contact someone you trust for support. Be aware that some staff members, faculty, and your RA will need to report some information you share with them. If you would like confidential support, please contact:
    The Violence Prevention Program Coordinator and Confidential Advocate for Victims: 303.458.4029 or athyrring@regis.edu
    The Office of Counseling and Personal Development: 303.458.3507 
    University Ministry: 303.458.4153
    The Blue Bench 24 Hour Hotline: 303.322.7273 (off-campus resource)
  3. If you would like medical assistance or are interested in collecting evidence, it is best to seek out a hospital or emergency room with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. The following hospitals are available:

    Denver Health Medical Center: 
    777 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
    303. 436.6000 or 303.602.3007

    St. Anthony’s North Hospital:
    2551 West 84th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80204
    303.426.2151

    Porter Hospital: 
    2525 S. Downing Street, Denver, CO 80210,
    303.778.1955

    Preserving evidence, such as clothing, sheets, text messages, or other contact is helpful if you are considering an investigation or criminal case. Though your first thought may be to dispose of these items or to shower, hold onto the evidence and wait to shower until after the SANE exam.
  4. Even if you do not want to pursue an investigation or criminal case, it is important to seek out medical attention. This can help you identify and treat injuries, address the possibility of STI’s, and to test for possible date rape drugs.

What are date rape drugs?

  • Rohyponol (“roofies,” “circles,” “the forget pills”) works like a tranquilizer. It causes muscle weakness, fatigue, slurred speech, loss of motor coordination and judgment, and amnesia that lasts up to 24 hours. It looks like an aspirin (small, white, and round).
  • GHB (also known as “liquid X,” “salt water,” or “scoop”) causes quick sedation. Its effects are drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, coma, and possibly death. Its most common form is a clear liquid, although it also can take the form of a white, grainy powder.
  • Rohypnol and GHB are called the date rape drugs because when they are slipped into someone’s drink a sexual assault can take place without the victim being able to remember what happened.
  • Alcohol is the substance most commonly associated with sexual violence within college campus communities.

Car Safety

  • Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there’s enough gas to get where you’re going and back.
  • Have your keys ready before getting into your vehicle. Lock the doors immediately upon entering your vehicle.
  • Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in parking lots and underground parking garages. Park in well-lit areas.
  • If you think someone is following you home. Drive to the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or other open business to get help.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, call for help on your cell phone, lock all windows and doors on the vehicle and don’t open the vehicle for anyone until help arrives.
  • Make sure that you have a spare tire that is properly inflated and that you have the tools and knowledge to change a flat tire. Consider enrollment in a motorist’s assistance program such as AAA. They will change your tire for you, bring gas or jump your battery if needed.
  • Never leave your credit cards or other important papers in the vehicle. Never leave any objects in plain view.
  • Do not mark your key chain with your name, address, and license number. Lost keys can lead a thief to your car or home.
  • Do not leave your house and car keys together with an attendant at a public parking lot. Your house key can be quickly duplicated and your address obtained from your plate number.
  • Use the “Club” or other auto theft prevention tools.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers