A new spin on 'Cash Cab' promotes student conduct and community standards across campus

November 14, 2022

The conduct cab drives around campus in front of the CCE pond

While strolling along the Quad, students may notice a blue and gold decorated golf cart driving around campus, but it’s not just any golf cart.

Steffany Almanzar hands out prizes in the conduct cab.
Associate Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards Steffany Almanzar hands out prizes on conduct cab.

The Conduct Cab was launched by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards during the 2021-22 academic year and has made several appearances during its second year. Inspired by the TV show “Cash Cab,” students can take a ride around campus and answer trivia questions for prizes along the way.

“The goal of the conduct cab is to engage students and the Quinnipiac community in a fun way and talk about university policies that are related to health and safety,” said Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards Stephen Sweet.

Prizes include glow sticks, bubbles, candy, sunglasses, ice pops, notebooks and flashlights that include the link to submit a care or incident report. The prizes also include information about the student conduct process, the promoting responsible action policy and bystander information.

Trivia questions include general questions about the university as well as questions on university policies and the student code of conduct. The goal is to promote a culture of care where students feel comfortable asking for help when needed and are not deterred out of fear of getting in trouble.

“Our emphasis is on policies related to health and safety, and we prioritize asking students about the university's promotion responsible action in health and safety emergencies policy,” said Sweet. “This policy encourages students to call for help if they are ever concerned about their own or another student's level of intoxication. Under the terms of the policy, students who take responsible action to get help are not held accountable through the student conduct process, but rather through an educational check-in.”

Sweet also hopes the Conduct Cab can help maintain the strong bridge students and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards hold.

“I think what’s been really impressive to me is that students get really excited when they see us out and about and I think it’s helped the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards to demystify a little bit of what our office is all about,” he said. “Our office has really positive outcomes that we can measure statistically around retention and around the rate at which students violate policies, which is extremely low, and I think a lot of that has to do with the trust that our office has built with students through doing activities like this as well as being approachable staff on campus.”

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