By all accounts, new Alabama State University President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd has a cushy job. Her new position at the state school will pay her $300,000 per year and includes free housing and an extra $850 per month for a car. But all of these perks come with one strange caveat: until she is married, Boyd will not be allowed to live with any romantic partner that is not her husband.
Though the new president is alright with the odd rule, lawyers say the state may be violating her rights by placing the restriction on her.
The university says the rule is being put in place in order to preserve “the campus spirit” at her residence.
“For so long as Dr. Boyd is President and a single person, she shall not be allowed to co-habitate in the President’s residence with any person with whom she has a romantic relation,” the contract reads.
Boyd reportedly is not bothered by the rule.
“I do live alone, so it was not problematic for me,” she said.
Washington DC-based lawyer Raymond D. Cotton questions the legality of the rule.
“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. “To convey that residence and dictate what kind of romantic relationship you can have in that facility – I mean, she’s not in prison.”The university responded to the criticism in a similar manner to their new president -- by saying that, since both parties involved agree to the terms, there is nothing wrong with the rule. Here is their statement on the issue:“The contract was negotiated between Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd and the Alabama State University Board of Trustees and both parties agreed to it and have no problem with it.”