It is very well know that groupoids, considered as spaces via the nerve construction, are homotopy 1-types, i.e. aspherical. Here is a sketch of proof: Consider the canonical functor $f:C\rightarrow \pi_1(C)$ for a category $C$ and its fundamental groupoid $\pi_1(C)$. The Quillen-fiber based at some object $Y$, i.e. the slice category $Y\backslash f$, is the universal covering category of $C$. If $C=G$ is a groupoid, then $\pi_1(G)$ is $G$ itself and $f$ is essentially the identity. It is not hard to see that the Quillen-fiber in this case has a terminal object and thus is contractible, which proves the statement.
Is this the standard way to prove that groupoids have vanishing higher homotopy groups?