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I-House Manager Allegedly Batters Female Employee

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A female International House manager allegedly battered another female employee at around 3:30 p.m. on March 11.

The incident involved minor physical altercations and was reported March 15 by the victim, according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao. There were no injuries. He added that the case has been brought to the attention of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and is currently under review for possible charges.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the incident occurred after a staff meeting when the I-House manager approached her and was verbally aggressive while discussing a schedule of events for the following week.

After walking together from the meeting room to the mail room, the suspect allegedly grabbed the victim and began shaking her repeatedly.

"She didn't just do it once - she did it twice," the victim said. "I pushed her back. When I pushed her away, she grabbed my wrist and shook me. She also shook me, and she kept saying 'listen.'"

According to the victim, the entire altercation lasted around 10 minutes before the manager left.

The victim reported the incident to I-House's human resources department after it occurred. However, the manager involved supervises the human resources department, according to the victim, who said she was unsure how well the situation would be handled.

The issue is now under investigation by the campus, according to a statement issued via email by I-House executive director Martin Brennan.

"I want to reiterate in no uncertain terms that we cannot and will not tolerate words or deeds that violate our principles of community, or undermine the culture of respect and collegiality that is an essential part of the I-house ethos and experience," the statement said.

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