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Deas Hall

Deas Hall is the home of the Department of Health and Human Performance and the Center of The Citadel’s Intramural, Club and Recreation Athletics programs. Deas Hall was completed in the summer of 1976 and is named for Colonel A. "Happy" Deas, Jr., The Citadel Class of 1938.

The two-story structure is approximately 88,000 square feet and houses an eight-lane, 25-meter swimming pool, six racquetball courts, a multi-purpose room, a 14,500 square foot gymnasium, aerobic, and strength training facilities. These facilities are used for the cadet physical effectiveness program, faculty and staff physical fitness activities and for academic purposes. Deas Hall houses six classrooms, academic offices for the Department of Health and Human Performance, and two student computer labs. The most recent addition to the building is the Dr. Hank Cross Human Performance Lab, which opened in the fall of 2010, is located on the first floor of Deas Hall.

The Dr. Hank Cross Human Performance Lab contains state-of-the-art equipment used to determine a variety of different measurements such as hormonal and blood differences in different conditions, and maximal oxygen consumption. The lab also houses a conference room and a 14-person computer lab. An additional area adjacent to this laboratory was renovated in 2015 to support the research and testing of neurologic devices; a research grant supported by the Henry Jackson Foundation.  


The primary purpose of Deas Hall is to provide instructional support for students in the Department of Health and Human Performance, along with their college intramural, club, and recreational athletic activities. Next in priority to use the facility are faculty and staff personnel. Students, faculty and staff are considered "priority users."

Based upon availability, individuals, 18 years and older, wishing to use Deas Hall who are not listed as priority users may apply for membership. These individuals are considered "members."

It is recommended that members print and complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire before beginning an exercise program.

The membership fee is $100.00 per semester (fall and spring), and the summer school period. A membership card may be purchased from the main office in Deas Hall. At that time verification of Citadel support will be made. All new members shall sign an assumption of risk statement, and will be given a dated membership card.

Be reminded:
Members are governed by current college and building regulations, and by the specific instruction for individual facilities within the building. Entrance to Deas Hall is through the front lobby only. Members are required to show membership card and sign-in upon entrance.

Priority users and members may bring one (1) guest, 16 years and older, into Deas Hall during scheduled hours. The guest must be signed-in at the welcome desk by the priority user or member. At that time, a $5.00 fee will be collected, and the guest will sign an Assumption of Risk. The priority user or member is responsible for the conduct, safety, and activities of the guest; these patrons must remain together while using the facility and must exit together.

Deas Hall Locker Rooms:
All lockers must be checked out through the equipment room so that locker numbers and combinations can be kept on file. You must bring your own combination lock when you check out a locker. You may keep your locker throughout the school year, and if arrangements are made in advance, over the summer as well. When you vacate your locker, please notify the equipment room.


    1. Take advantage of free lockers
    2. Use lockers to secure personal items
    3. Use facilities as a place to change clothes and shower after exercise
    4. Be courteous to others and clean up after yourself

Do not

    1. Store food or drinks in lockers
    2. Store alcohol, drugs, weapons, or any other contraband in lockers
    3. Go in the locker room of the opposite sex, for any reason
    4. Leave items outside lockers or on the floor, as they will be donated to Goodwill
    5. Bring in items that will not fit into a locker
    6. Sleep in the locker rooms, they are for changing and showering.

Lockers are free, so please take advantage, but don’t misuse this privilege. Failure to comply with the above rules will result in disciplinary action. The Deas Hall Management Staff reserves the right to prohibit the use of the locker

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