Melissa Carleton

Melissa Carleton is an attorney at Bricker & Eckler LLP and a senior consultant for INComplianceConsulting. As a lawyer, she works with colleges and universities across the country on matters relating to FERPA, student conduct, Title IX, accreditation, discrimination, and tenure issues. As a consultant, she conducts independent investigations, acts as a hearing officer, and conducts training workshops and implementation reviews relating to legal compliance. Melissa holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University.

  • Attorney at Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Senior consultant for INCompliance Consulting
  • Works with colleges and universities across the country on matters relating to FERPA, student conduct, Title IX, accreditation, discrimination, and tenure issues
  • Conducts independent investigations, acts as a hearing officer, and conducts training workshops and implementation reviews relating to legal compliance
  • Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University
Melissa Carleton

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  1. FERPA 101: Higher Ed
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    FERPA 101: Higher Ed

    Expert Melissa Carleton will talk about privacy compliance in a way that both follows the law and your institution’s ethic of care. You will learn how to treat students’ information consistently with your mission and in accordance with FERPA.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is an educational record?
    • What isn’t an educational record?
    • What rights does a student have to review and inspect their educational records?
    • What rights do the parents of college/university students have?
    • What must be included in a FERPA release form?
    • When personally identifiable information can you release without consent?
    • What situations qualify as a “health and safety emergency”?
    • When can a student request an amendment to their educational records?
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    FERPA 101: Higher Ed
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  2. BREAKING Title IX Regulation Updates (Higher Ed)
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    BREAKING Title IX Regulation Updates (Higher Ed)

    Expert Melissa Carleton will guide you through the major changes and offer considerations for how stakeholders may view each change, to better guide conversations as institutions begin to make plans for what happens if these regulations are adopted as proposed.

    What You'll Learn

    • "Sex Discrimination”
    • "Sex-Based Harassment”
    • Retaliation
    • Pregnancy and Parenting Protections
    • Supportive Measures – A Shifting Balance
    • Sex Discrimination Grievance Procedures
    • Sex-Based Harassment Grievance Procedures where a Student is Involved
    • Changes to Mandatory Reporting
    • Title IX Coordinator Duties and Training
  3. FERPA 102: Deep Dive Into Privacy and Title IX (Higher Ed)
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    FERPA 102: Deep Dive Into Privacy and Title IX (Higher Ed)

    Title IX and FERPA expert Melissa Carleton will walk you through a hypothetical case and the sticky situations involving sharing information between parties, advisors, witnesses, and institution employees outside the Title IX process. You will also learn about the interplay between FERPA’s protections and Freedom of Information Act requests under state public records laws.

    What You'll Learn

    • What records created by a Title IX team are protected by confidentiality laws?
    • When can you share information with individuals involved in the process?
    • When can you share information about sexual misconduct with school officials?
    • What rights do advisors and parents have to access information?
    • Can students review their case files once the Title IX process is over?
    • If a respondent is disciplined and wants to transfer, what can you share with their new institution about their case?

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