Madison, Wis.—University of Wisconsin sophomore tailback Dwayne Smith has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a tentative charges of being party to the crime of second-degree sexual assault.
The Dane County district attorney's office is expected to receive the case by Friday, at which time formal charges could be made.
Smith, 19, was released from Dane County Jail Monday afternoon on a signature bond.
The University announced Monday morning in a prepared statement that Smith is suspended indefinitely from competition and practice, including offseason workouts. The Badgers' spring practices are scheduled to begin March 4. Under the terms of Wisconsin's Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, Smith had 72 hours with which to appeal, beginning upon notification of the suspension.
According to Madison police, another man, 22-year-old Anwar Jones, was also arrested in the alleged assault of a 19-year-old woman, which took place Saturday evening on the 600 block of N. Francis Street. The woman reportedly left an apparent underage drinking party at a downtown apartment, where she met one of the accused men, and was assaulted later in another building.
Jones was arrested Sunday morning, according to Madison Police Lt. Sue Williams, who is overseeing the investigation, while Smith was arrested either late Sunday evening or early Monday morning.
The two men had a bond hearing Monday afternoon, after which Smith was released on signature bond. Jones remains in custody on $2,000 cash bail, according to a representative of the Dane County Jail.
Smith and Jones each have an initial hearing scheduled for March 4.
Williams said Monday she expects the results of the Madison Police Department's investigation to be forwarded to the Dane County district attorney's office by Friday.
If Smith does not pursue an appeal, according to the University's statement, his suspension, "will continue until any charges have been addressed by the legal system and/or any applicable university or departmental disciplinary process."
"If the allegations prove to be true, this type of behavior is simply unacceptable," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said in a statement released Monday afternoon. "The intent of our Student-Athlete Discipline Policy is to emphasize the seriousness of incidents of this nature and establish a level of conduct that student-athletes must maintain to keep their privilege of competing at athletics at the University of Wisconsin."
The Student-Athlete Discipline Policy was enacted in August
and established procedures for suspensions and reinstatements. The policy
stipulates that athletes are immediately suspended for violations of local,
state or federal law that involve drugs, gambling or violence, or for any
The policy has been enacted twice previously, regarding freshman football player Ernest Mason and sophomore men's basketball player Boo Wade. Mason was suspended Dec. 2, prior to practices for the football team's Music City Bowl appearance and was reinstated two days later. Wade was suspended Feb. 4 and missed two games, after which his suspension was reduced to two games.
For more information on the Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, please see the following article, originally published Aug. 21, 2003: UW announces athletics-wide discipline policy.