So exactly what problem are consent forms ostensibly meant to solve? Some background on consent forms can be found here, here, and here. Universities already have many rules on the books dealing with sexual misconduct. Yet it would appear that from their perspective, that they can’t make them work. For if they could, there would not be the new consent form laws coming on the books.
The long standing standard with respect to these issues has been that the party who is the target of the misconduct has always been expected to assertively show their lack of consent; even to the point of calling for assistance from bystanders. It would seem that this standard is longer enough. This is seemingly odd, the present standard would appear to be still be very workable. On University campuses, there is typically many people around upon which one could call for assistance. Even in situations where this is not precisely true (e.g. outside at night), there is often bright lighting and surveillance cameras. Often there are emergency phones from where the authorities can be called. And of course, most everybody these days has a cell phone. And when that is not considered to be enough, there is the old standby of being escorted by a trusted person.
Clearly the risks are readily avoidable; and if problems do occur, help is readily available. So why are new rules required when the old rules would appear to be sufficient?