The assistant professor of English and African American studies was immediately placed on leave.
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According to Wyatt Dubois, a spokesperson for the University, Baker was placed on administrative leave as the investigation unfolds. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 13.
Penn State’s professor, Walter Oliver Baker, was arrested and charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and simple assault, due to an altercation with a counter-protester on August 27.
According to the report published by the National File,
“The protest in demand of a university vaccine mandate was organized by Coalition For A Just University (CJU), a group that is “committed to working for greater transparency, equity, job security, and safety in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and for the meaningful involvement of faculty and other workers in decision-making processes at the university.”
Apparently, “Rachlin, who was carrying a sign, was eventually swarmed by pro-vaccine protestors. One of the protesters struck Rachlin with his shoulder, leaving him with a bloody nose and a trip to the hospital. Police now say that was a Penn State professor.”
A rally led by Penn State faculty and students asking for a COVID 19 vaccine mandate turned physical this afternoon at Old Main. A counter protester was present. Words and shoves were exchanged between the two sides.
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— Centre County Report (@CentreCountyRep) August 27, 2021