Well, maybe in Mississippi, too. The Washington Post reports an unusual agreement between a college in Alabama and its new president:
Gwendolyn Boyd, the new president of Alabama State University, signed a contract with the school’s trustees that forbids her from allowing a lover to “cohabitate” with her in the presidential home being provided to her by the historically black university in Montgomery.
The contract, signed Jan. 2, 2014, was obtained by The Birmingham News and posted here. It provides Boyd with an annual salary of $300,000, starting Feb. 1, 2014, plus a number of standard fringe benefits such as insurance. It says that Boyd, an engineer, must provide her own car but will receive a car allowance of $1,000 a month. And it requires that Boyd live in the school-provided presidential house located on campus and equipped with things such as a toll-free phone line, cable television, computer equipment and more.
It also says:
“For so long as Dr. Boyd is President and a single person, she shall not be allowed to cohabitate in the President’s residence with any person with whom she has a romantic relation.”
Inside Higher Ed quoted lawyer Raymond Cotton, an expert on contracts, said he has never seen such a proviso written into a contract for a university president.
I’m dumbfounded (but not terribly surprised) by this prudishness, but also by the word “cohabitate”, which as far as I know isn’t a real word. (Yes, yes, I’m sure some reader will find it used somewhere.) At any rate, Boyd will have to be married before her partner can inhabitate her house.
h/t: Matthew Cobb