Most institutions provide new employees with a book that contains all of the relevant information related to institutional policies, benefits, promotion, and the like. It is important to read it carefully to understand the lay of the land. The handbook is the definitive source for the legally binding information you will need to function effectively in your institution. The faculty handbook is considered in most institutions part of the legally binding contract of your employment, so know its contents well. Unspoken or informal aspects of an institution usually are at least as important as, if not more so than, what is written down. But the law does not respect them in the same way as a written resource.