The incident allegedly occurred during the second vaccination mandate rally held by Penn State's Coalition for a Just University, and the counterprotester was escorted to an ambulance by University Police after the physical altercation.
Baker, assistant professor of English and African American studies, was charged Sept. 7 and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on Oct. 13, according to court documents. Judge Steven Lachman will hear the case.
According to university spokesperson Wyatt Dubois, Baker was placed on administrative leave by Penn State while the investigation continues. Dubois confirmed Monday the leave is paid.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated Oliver Baker was arrested. That is not true. The Daily Collegian apologizes for this error.
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