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Harvard student accused of bomb threats to avoid final exam appears in court on hoax charge

Tactical police assemble outside a building at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Four buildings on campus were evacuated after campus police received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed inside, interrupting final exams. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Tactical police assemble outside a building at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Four buildings on campus were evacuated after campus police received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed inside, interrupting final exams. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)  (The Associated Press)

A Harvard University student accused of making bomb threats to get out of a final exam has made a brief appearance in federal court in Boston.

A federal magistrate judge said Wednesday that 20-year-old Eldo Kim is charged with making a bomb hoax. If convicted he faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kim had two attorneys with him but did not enter a plea. He is due back in court later Wednesday so prosecutors can ask the judge to hold him without bail at least until a detention hearing can be scheduled. However, prosecutors and his attorneys are talking about other alternatives.

Kim, wearing a gray T-shirt and sweatpants, appeared somber as he stood before the judge.