School to New President: No Hanky Panky in Your Room

Alabama State University has odd rule for incoming leader

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 12, 2014 6:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Want to be president of Alabama State University? Fine, but you have to live on campus and can only co-habit with a love interest if it's your spouse. Gwendolyn Boyd signed just such a contract on Jan. 2 and will start running the historically black school on Feb. 1, earning $300,000 a year as well as possible bonuses and increases, Fox News reports. Both sides apparently agreed to the no-lovey-dovey clause at the university's on-campus residence. "I do live alone, so it was not problematic for me," Boyd told Inside Higher Ed.

But Raymond Cotton, a lawyer in Washington, DC, says he's never seen such a clause for a university president. "I don’t know of any state that has the right to invade someone’s residence even if the state owns that residence," he said. "How would you enforce it? Would you go marching into a president’s home and say, 'Stop that, get your hands off him or her!'" On the plus side, Boyd's immediate family members are allowed to sleep over, reports. Boyd's hiring comes during a turbulent time for the school, which is being investigated by the governor for allegedly violating conflicts of interest and wasting more than $1 million.

William Burns Patterson Hall on the Alabama State University campus in Montgomery, Alabama.   (Wikimedia Commons)
In this Dec. 20, 2013 photo, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd is offered the presidency of Alabama State University by the Board of Trustees at the ASU campus in Montgomery, Ala.   (AP Photo/The Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)
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