COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak to students at Ohio State University on Thursday about a White House initiative to curb sexual assaults on college campuses.
The campaign, “It’s On Us,” is meant to engage students and others on college campuses to take an active role in preventing assaults.
OSU tries to inform students beginning in their freshman year about issues surrounding sexual conduct.
Abby Grossman, president of the OSU Undergraduate Student Government, believes more needs to be done.
“We need an affirmative consent policy here at Ohio State,” Grossman said. “We need students to realize what that means and what consent entails. We need all students to feel safe at all times and that includes when you’re out at a bar and possibly intoxicated and you might not have the ability to say yes to consent.”
The vice president visits Columbus at a time when he is deeply immersed in deliberations with his family and advisers about whether to enter the 2016 presidential race.
In recent days, Biden has opened a window into those deliberations, describing his lingering doubts about whether he has the emotional strength to mount a viable campaign just months after his son, Beau, died from brain cancer.
At the same time, Biden has kept up an intensive travel schedule, crisscrossing Florida, Georgia, New York and now California, stops that have done little to quell speculation that he’s laying the groundwork for a potential campaign.
On Thursday, Biden has a speech on transportation scheduled in Detroit ahead of his visit to OSU. Ohio and Michigan are two battleground states that will play key roles in electing the next president.