Question on initial secret clearance


#1

I just started a job and it requires secret clearance. This is my first time doing secret clearance. My question and concern is I got expelled from college about 20 yrs ago with several of my friends for playing around with grades. I transferred to another college to start over and graduated. Will this cause problem to get secret clearance?


#2

Anything that happened 20 years ago has been mitigated by time as long as there are no more recent instances of similar behavior.


#3

What does mitigated mean?


#4

That the concern has been overcome by other factors that negated it.


#5

Will they still investigate my college information even if I attended over 20 yrs ago? And do I need to explain what happened?