I have received an offer for a job from which I expect I will need a security clearance, possibly up to “Secret” level. I received the offer through a recent internship as under a govt. contractor this summer.
I am leaving university, and my freshman year, campus police seized a amount of 1 oz of marijuana from my dorm room. While I was not distributing it, they said a case could be made that would warrant a felony charge (no specifics on that but I’m sure there are charges you could infer with/without intent to distribute) since the amount was over the misdemeanor possession limit in my state.
However, through working with the police and the community I was able to not have any charge go through in the system and I have continued on with life as per usual. This has been my first and only offense of any kind.
Speaking with the university conduct center, it shows only now as a formal warning and nothing more - the conduct center holds no more information. I requested a report of my record from the university police department, and the report dictates that they spoke with me, states that I admitted to having the specified amount, and that they seized the amount. I was not arrested and the report shows no wording of holding me in any capacity. An addendum to the report states that I was not to be charged with the offense. The case status is currently marked as closed as of three years ago. I have not checked my state record, but I assume it would either be identical to the university record, or non-existent if they did not report it.
I was never taken into custody in any capacity, did not receive a formal charge, court notice, or any other paperwork about the incident since; either from the university, local, state, or federal government. I have gone through three separate background checks for internships since the incident without any mention of the incident popping up.
I have worked hard to distance myself from this unfortunate incident where I showed extreme lack of thought by working with the community in my university and staying employed while in school, of which I can provide a wealth of details and references.
My questions now are:
How will this effect my chances at being granted a security clearance? I believe I am all good to go on the other portions, this seems to be the only blight. I do not want to take this job and apply for a security clearance if there’s a 100% denial chance?
If I go through with the security clearance, how would I go about documenting such an incident on the form? even though I was never charged or arrested, should I state it as a possible felony and attempt to explain myself in the comments? Should I list it as another charge? Should I not list it at all?
I appreciate you taking the time to read this, thank you in advance for your responses.